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Plead Guilty or Go to Prison for Life: The Medical Marijuana Grower's Stark Choice

jimmylynn Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 5:06 AM
Few Americans realize to what extent an average citizen can be, at the discretion of law enforcement, detained, tried, and sentenced for crimes unknown. Most Americans still believe the legal system is just and that it only punishes those that are guilty. Most believe that they are law-abiding and above prosecution.....little do they know.

Chris Williams, a Montana medical marijuana grower, faces at least five years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 1. The penalty seems unduly severe, especially because his business openly supplied marijuana to patients who were allowed to use it under state law.

Yet five years is a cakewalk compared to the sentence Williams originally faced, which would have kept the 38-year-old father behind bars for the rest of his life. The difference is due to an extremely unusual post-conviction agreement that highlights the enormous power prosecutors wield as a result of mandatory minimum sentences so grotesquely unjust that...