Sunday, January 27, 2008
In a report here, the Flint Journal notes Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is being asked to consider the clemency application of a 70-year old prisoner whose case is getting "widespread attention." Larry Drum was arrested in 1986 after delivering small amounts of cocaine to an informant and cocaine was found in his roommate's apartment bedroom. He was then sentenced to life in prison under a since-changed law that was intended to snare "drug kingpins." With 17 years behind him, Drum will be in prison at least until he is 82. In 2006, the state parole board recommended against his commutation. But Drum repeated his case for freedom before the board again this past November. Laura Sager, a consultant with Families Against Mandatory Minimums, says the sentence is the by-product of a "Draconian law."