Posted By LambChop
President Obama commuted the sentence of a crack dealer - Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr., 39 of Rockford, Ill., did Obama score some crack from him in the 1990s?
Nope he happens to be Governor Deval Patrick’s cousin. Deval is Preezy’s boy who even went to visit Barack at Martha’s Vineyard. Of course, Gov. Patrick has no recollection of meeting his cuz or asking Barack for clemency.
Patrick, who declined requests for an interview, has a close relationship with President Obama, dining with him at the White House and Martha’s Vineyard. Mermell said the White House did not alert the governor about the commutation, and that Patrick learned of it only through the news media.
“If they had been sentenced under the current law, many of them would have already served their time and paid their debt to society,” Obama said in a statement. “Instead, because of a disparity in the law that is now recognized as unjust, they remain in prison, separated from their families and their communities, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars each year.”
“I have spent over half of my life in federal prison,” Wintersmith wrote in a blog post put on the ACLU website on Monday. “I have been gone from a world that witnessed the advent of smartphones, digital cameras, and GPS technology. More personally, I have been gone from my family. I have missed 20 years of graduations, funerals, and carved turkeys for the holidays. For my very first conviction, I paid with the entire balance of my freedom.”
Of course, the sad tale of Wintersmith leaves out one point – Wintersmith was a leader of a major gang.