Krauthammer’s response to the Obama/Holder plan regarding drug criminals is spot on. Note the point about instructing prosecutors to essentially falsify indictments to avoid certain prison terms. Quite remarkable. In addition to the myriad of problems here, it is one more example of Obama simply deciding that his administration will stop enforcing laws he doesn’t like. You may even agree those laws should be changed, so let’s change them, then. This is another case, however, of Obama’s regime ignoring the constitutional process and deciding, by fiat, what laws will, or will not, be implemented. For Congress to allow this to continue is outrageous.
In a fundamental shift in America’s decades-long war on drugs, Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday he has ordered federal prosecutors to stop seeking maximum punishments for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders…
Part of the solution is a new emphasis on prosecutorial discretion at the front end of a criminal case. Rather than enforcing every federal drug law, federal prosecutors will be encouraged to allow state or local prosecutors to bring charges against nonviolent drug offenders.
Holder has also ordered prosecutors to use their discretion in how certain drug offenders are charged to avoid triggering harsh mandatory sentencing schemes that have sent a quarter of federal inmates to prison.
Low-level offenders who have no ties to drug gangs, international traffickers, or drug cartels “will no longer be charged with offenses that impose draconian mandatory minimum sentences,” Holder said. “By reserving the most severe penalties for serious, high-level, or violent drug traffickers, we can better promote public safety, deterrence, and rehabilitation.”
Critics attacked Holder’s approach as an attempt to sidestep sentencing policies established after significant debate and enactment in Congress. Some said it would undercut the ability of prosecutors to reach quick plea deals.
Here’s Krauthammer’s take: