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A Question for Michael Mukasey

August 13, 2013
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One interesting reaction to Holder’s comments today came from a certain former Attorney General… Former AG Mukasey: Holder Has Wrong Approach on Mandatory Sentences

“Mandatory minimums impose a certain rigidity in sentencing that’s not appropriate in the individual case,” Mukasey said Monday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” [...]

Mukasey said he would be happy to work with Holder to find proper ways to change mandatory sentencing laws.

Oh, really?

Anybody else remember Michael Mukasey? Think back, …way back, to early 2008.

We had just done a bit of sentencing reform, and were releasing some prisoners who had been given ridiculously long sentences under the 100:1 crack/cocaine disparity (now down to only a merely ridiculous 18:1).

Here was Mukasey then:

Speaking before the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said that “a sudden influx of criminals from federal prison into your communities could lead to a surge in new victims as a tragic, but predictable, result.”

Somebody needs to ask him how that prediction turned out.

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