Wednesday, November 4, 2015

O'Reilly, Reagan, Clemency

Bill O'Reilly, who claims to be an admirer of Ronald Reagan, is beside himself that President Obama (and the U.S. Sentencing Commission) supports the idea of lining up sentences resulting from previous federal convictions in drug cases - under laws that are now defunct - with current sentencing guidelines. O'Reilly also takes the awkward position that all drug offenses are, by definition, "violent." Hence his self-righteous indignation. That is why we wonder if he is familiar with one of Ronald Reagan's commutations (of a life sentence), for one of the very worst, most heinous, types of offenders, a kidnapper:

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