Man Gets Three Life Sentences For Simply Witnessing a Drug Deal

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, KultureKritic.com

Clarence Aaron went to prison in 1993, at the age of 23.  He was involved in a drug deal, but was neither the buyer nor the seller.   He didn’t touch the drugs or collect any money.  All he did was introduce the two men involved in the transaction and it has cost him his life.

Aaron didn’t plead guilty when he was arrested, largely because he didn’t believe he did anything wrong.  Because of this, he received three life sentences.  Neither Presidents Bush nor Clinton chose to commute the incredibly long sentence given to a young man who was in college and had no criminal record.

An investigation by the website ProPublica finds that the Bush White House was never given all the facts on Aaron’s case.  This leaves it up to President Obama to decide if Aaron should be allowed to go free.

Mandatory minimum sentences were imposed under the regime of the late Ronald Reagan and his War on Drugs.  Seth Ferranti, a long time prisoner who writes for TheFix.com, says that President Obama “was critical of the mandatory minimum drug penalties, and talked about second chances” while campaigning for office, “Yet he is on track to be the least forgiving President in US history.”

“He has pardoned just 23 people, including one commuted sentence,” says Ferranti, who was also convicted for drugs. “His current pace puts him firmly among the most conservative American Presidents to use these powers. So much for second chances.”

Aaron’s case has now gotten more attention after various journalists have profiled him in national media outlets.  But there are other inmates, such as Rodney Stanberry in Alabama and Mario Lloyd in Illinois, whose cases still don’t get the attention they deserve.  In fact, there are thousands of men, mostly black and brown, who received several life sentences for very simple crimes, while their foreign “connects” who imported billions of dollars worth drugs were given very light sentences.

Kenneth Lee, an attorney who worked under President Bush, said that if he’d had the information on Aaron’s case at that time, he would have allowed him to go free.   He says that Ronald Rogers, the current pardon attorney, didn’t provide those in the White House with all the facts they needed to be fully informed about the case.

As The Post reports:

“Instead, Rodgers offered no new recommendation to the White House and did not revise the old one. He did not pass on years of favorable prisoner reports describing Aaron’s successful rehabilitation. He also made no mention of an affidavit Aaron filed with the pardons office in 2007 in which he expressed further remorse and asked “for a second chance to be a productive citizen.”

All eyes are pointing toward President Obama and whether or not he will deliver any of the pardons he promised.  He’s given few second chances thus far, and people wonder if he will do so if given a second term in the White House.  I personally wonder if this president is aware of the long list of campaign promises he’s broken and if he ever plans to make things right.  We all agree that the War on Drugs is wrong, so it makes no sense that there are men and women in prison who should not be there.  If someone is innocent, they should not be in prison, there is no disputing that fact.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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53 Responses to Man Gets Three Life Sentences For Simply Witnessing a Drug Deal

  1. SHAKKA June 15, 2012 at 11:19 am

    it’s called ‘brokering’….

    he brokered the deal by ringing the two together…

    that’s dealing. stiff sentence, i agree with that…

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    • me112233 June 16, 2012 at 5:58 am

      I agree that he is certianly not “innocent.” But still, three life sentences?

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  2. Don June 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    How is it possible that a law exists where you can be sentenced to life in prison for selling drugs?

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  3. lala June 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    @Shakka, he doesnt deserve three life sentences for that. Ten, twenty years maybe, but he shouldnt spend his life behind bars if he wasn’t selling or buying. When you have murderers and rapists gettin light sentences or white drug dealers gettin off easy. He needs to be set free. Period.

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  4. Samsara13 June 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I get emails from Michelle, The President and everyone running his campaign asking for money. We need to send him emails concerning this or start our own change.org petition asking for this young man’s pardon.

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    • thelma e. lawson June 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      like this get it going why don’t you. I support our president however there are too many innocent people serving time for crimes they did not commit or stiff penalties for crimes that were not a danger to others only themselves. Let release the innocent so the guilty can be locked up.

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    • me112233 June 16, 2012 at 6:11 am

      Obama might commute his sentence to time served, but he will do it only if he can get some big time publicity out of it. You guys need to learn that Obama is just like the rest of them — he’s in it for himself. He will only pardon the guy if he thinks it will help him get re-elected.

      Like that illegal alien deal he pulled on Friday (June 15), he did that because he thought it would shore up votes from illegal aliens . . . doeesnt’ anyone see the problem with that? Aliens, be they legal or illegal, are not supposed to be voting at all, you have to be a citizen to vote. But the aliens are bing allowed to vote, for not other reason that 2 out of 3 vote democrat. Don’t look now, but the hispanics will be the biggest ethnic group on the US in another 30 or 40 years. That’s right, it won’t be white people or black people running the show, it will be hispanics (they already outnumber blacks).

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      • Blossom June 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        I don’t think it’s that they will be able to vote, but that their relatives that may be US citizens may want to vote for him, and Hispanics (not that they’re the only immigrants here in America) will want to vote for him.

        I don’t think that Obama is a saint. You have to be able to do those dirty deals to be in politics. You have to be able to run with the dirty dogs and do deals with all the murderers and greedy ones who run countries and industries, in order to be the President.

        Atrocities is the name of the game for world leaders, and you have to be able to run with it.

        The Hunger Games is nothing compared to politics and world domination.

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    • William June 19, 2012 at 2:23 am

      Great idea. Start the Change.org petition and I’ll be sure to sign it. This is the first I heard about this case. I’m sure I’m not the only one hearing about this for the first time. Another black man is jail doesn’t make the news. But thousands of names on a petition can get things moving in the right direction.

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  5. Kam June 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    And I’ll bet the two actual Drug dealees didn’t get life.This is totally assinie and at the same time once again proves the Justice double standard. You have people that actually murdered people and get released in less than six years, but this guy get triple life for introducing two people? I am against drug

    s but this is not right.

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  6. Judi Flanders June 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Someone start a petition to get this man out of jail or at least a new trial. That sentence was terrible. People get much less for murder.

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  7. Dawn June 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    The Judge may be a stakeholder in the prison. This is beyond ridiculous. The heinous hatred of black people is downright disgusting. And these wicked whites get their stinkin crimes covered up. Then Zimmerman and Feinberg should get 50 life sentences. Racist protected crooks

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  8. H LAVERNE HARDIN June 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    President Obama should not hesitate to release this man by whatever means necessary. President Obama needs to be as aggressive as Bush with regard to all issues. Bush did not give a damn what we felt, he did it anyway. Black males and Obama is black must have the same attitude when it comes to justice and fair play. No way this man should be incarcerated for 3 life sentences for “brokering” I don’t know drug terms however the sentence is unjust. President Obama stand up to the plate, kick ass and take names later.

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    • Onaje Asheber July 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Right On!

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  9. David June 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Over kill but then again how can you keep yhe prison industrial complex in business.

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  10. al June 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    you do the crime you do the time…it’s not blk or white here…it’s about listening to ALL the evidence and then making a decision. He brokered, was way wrong and was offered crazy deals and he refused them! ALL the facts people. Young arrogant and indestructible and now he’s paying the price. You folk kill me with wanting to clean up neighborhoods and when they do you cry don’t??? If those drug would of hit the streets in your neighborhood and caused a gun fight and your family member or friend gets shot/killed in the cross fire cause bullets ain’t got no name, then you’ll cry a different story!!! when do we say enough is enough and stick to our guns?? tough laws hell yeah! I have seen way to many stuffed animals and candles on street corners from senseless uncalled for drug killings of the innocent! You take part in any aspect of the transaction you go down! PERIOD! white black asian hispanic WHATEVER I don’t care. You folk cry foul play until it’s your family that’s affected, hurt harmed or damaged by this drug culture! You people sound freakin’ crazy! Ya can’t have it both ways! Respect.

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    • Brenda June 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      I agree completely with the above comment. When are we (as a people) going to wake-up and realize that we are our own worst enemy? When are we going to wake-up and realize that the drugs sold to our brother, sisters, mothers, fathers, and friends are not being sold or brokered by white people? When are we going to wake up and realize that the murders and related atrocities that occur daily in our communities are not being committed by White People?

      When we stop making excuses for the iniquities of our own people and began to hold ourselves accountable for each other, we will at that time see progress made in our communities. Wake-up People!

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      • Brian June 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        Brenda and Al you need to wake up! It is called cruel and unusual punishment! Know one is trying to make an excuse for anyone just trying to address a infringement on our constitution rights!

        you make it seem as if white people have no faults! As a matter of fact if you watch Dateline and 48 hours mysteries you see white people all the time that are in jail for similar crimes and unjustly imprisoned but you didn’t mention them as making excuses!

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  11. Kim June 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Yeah but ppl like John Edwards has all kinds of evidence pointing towards him and he introduced another woman into is mariage with child. I will never understand this unfair just FOR THEM society. Sandusky will be free next! Thier money talks so they can walk. COme on how many really thought that John Edwards was going to serve anything on those 30 years???? ANd another thing…I don’t condone the sale of any kind of drug, and taking a chance is truly a big risk on anyone to take part but what is the poor man of any race to do financially? No it’s not right but are you feeling me? How many of those politicians are actually invovled with getting drugs into our country seriously? It’s BIG
    of MONEY involved for the majority of them not to play a part! point blank period!

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  12. sherrie chapman June 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Clarence should be set free. Can someone PLEASE inform the President or one his aids so he will know about Clarence Aaron. We spread news about everything else. Lets get this story to the President ASAP….

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  13. 1Blkmnsopinion June 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    We live under Anglo Law, so when we are adamant about being not guilty the JUST US system shows us where we stand. Alone. NAACP, SCLC the Urban League and no other Black Org, has never spoke against the fact that Black people should never be tried in a Anglo Court. NEVER. Blacks have been owed sence Slavery was abolished but no Preacher or Politician has ever insisted we demand REPAIR for Slavery or the War on Drugs, which was just code for pick up more Blacks. Black men, women and children are being locked up and or killed in record numbers, because as long as Jay Zee, Oprah, and the Bill Cosbys of this country say it’s equal a lott of Black people AGREE, This Country has Bailed Out everyone from the Banks & Auto Industry to Countries it has gone to so-call war with. But they don’t want to pay for the DAMAGE done to Blacks in this Country. We should all stand and demand REPARATION and the ability to Police our own. We don’t need anymore PROGRAMS run by Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton or any other black person choosen by white people. DEMAND REPARATION WE HAVE WAITED 2 LONG

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    • me112233 June 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

      OK. Exactly how much should black people be paid? And exactly which black people should get the cash? Some (like Obama) are not descended from American slaves — his daddy was literally from Africa and had zero relatives that were slaves of a US white man. Who knows, Obama’s great great great great great great great great grandaddy might have even been one of the African slave brokers that the Dutch and English slave ships purchased their slaves from.

      Also, what about the free blacks of the old south who also owned slaves? Do their descendents get a check, too? Or, do we tell them no way? (A little-known trivia fact is that free blacks were more likely to own slaves than white people were.)

      And what about the poor Irish who came over here dirt poor during the 1800′s? Should their great great great great great grandchilden be forced to pay for slaves that they never had?

      Just asking. I get it that you are mad. But let’s get this rediculous thing over with. Answer the above questions, and then we can set up a plan, write the checks, and then move on with an eye towards the future instead of being stuck in the past.

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  14. Stanley June 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    This should fall under the heading of “cruel and unusual punishment.” No way anyone should get three life sentences in a case in which no one was killed, simple as that. However, nowhere in this report is there any mention of an appeala beng made to President Obama for a pardon, so why is he being criticized if that hasn’t been done? Secondly, it is unfair and disingenuous to talk about Obama’s broken promises when we all know that nearly everything he has tried to do has been rejected by Congress. Let’s be real here. If we’re talking about fairness that applies across the board, Dr. Watkins. When Obama rejects a plea for a pardon or clemency, then you can level your criticism on that particular issue — not make a blanket indictment about “broken promises” without taking into account an intransigent legislature.

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    • Onaje Asheber July 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      You are right! It is cruel and unusual punishment. People rape and murder, and get far less time. This is to start a trend as always. Do it once and get away with. Well let history be your guide.

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  15. Jean Walker June 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    This is so wrong. Another example of blatantl racism. Someone has to stop this. We have taken this long enough. We must stop it.

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  16. 1Blkmnsopinion June 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Some blacks were Slaves and others were Slave owners, now we hear the bullshit views of the house niggas black slave-masters decendents. Because any Black Person who see this as fair or equal you are STUPID and when it’s you or your family don’t cry just bend over grinn and bare it. U SELL OUTS

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  17. Shakka June 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    @ Lala…i agree, the punishment is ridiculously stiff. ten years max…

    but this is what happens when we sit back and allow others to take control of our destiny…

    we get outraged but we NEVER DO nothing about it…

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  18. Darrell Johnson June 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Mo double-standards on drug policies by the racist powers-that be.

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  19. Andrea June 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    To: Al and Brenda this country has more people incarcerated than any country in the WORLD. We do not have money for education but we have money for this thing called the prison industry. What a sick society we live. We talk about GOD and how great this country, but the real criminals are people like you. What purpose does it serve that our tax dollars are used for death and destruction. Like I said that you are the real criminals and sickos. Oh, by the way if the drug problem is solved we will not need all these prisons, people will lose there jobs, we can not have that can is this tough economic times.

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  20. Basil June 16, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I think what he did was stupid, obviously. He helped a drug transaction go through. He contributed to a problem. That said, should he have been sentenced three life times? No. That almost sounds like getting vengeance, not justice. In some countries, it’s worse, but we expect more from America.

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  21. Robert Brown June 16, 2012 at 12:10 am

    In the first place I cannot begin to comprehend how this injustice happened in the first place. I could believe this if this occurred in some third world country but not in America. This injustice needs to be addressed immediately and it want be a day to soon. I personally will contact every individual I know personally who can bring this case to be acted upon asp. This is a No! No! any way you look at it.

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  22. michael young June 16, 2012 at 12:19 am

    President Obama should pardon this man now!

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  23. moonhead June 16, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Obama, only wants pardon illegal immigrants, and give them the rights to jobs, that should be going to African Americans. I once supported this traitor, but now I think that he should be impeached, and though I won’t vote for Romney, I’ll vote for the strongest third party candidate. Black people, it is time that we finally woke up, and realize that we made a mistake voting for this bum. There are millions of our people out of work, and this bum, wants to allow illegal immigrants to remain in this country, and give them work permits, so that they can get the jobs that should be going to us. He would rather be be in jail, or on welfare, and that’s a fact.

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  24. golden_standard June 16, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Interesting story but where are the rest of the facts? I’m willing to bet my next paycheck that it’s more to this story than is listed here. I’m a criminal defense lawyer and no way this guy got three life sentences for witnessing a drug deal. no way in hell. You gotta show me copies of the court transcripts before I believe this. Everybody saying “give us, us free” believe anything. How you know nobody died? Maybe three people got killed during the transaction, maybe he was selling kilos, maybe it was multiple drug deals, maybe they offered him a lighter sentence he said, “naw, I know my rights” and crapped the fcuk out.

    I know eveybody likes to get worked up over this stuff, but it is never as it seems. Don’t worry the President with this B.S. just raise your sons and daughters better so they don’t end up on a site like this.

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  25. golden_standard June 16, 2012 at 5:40 am

    The internet says that it was 9 kilos of cocaine and that the government wanted him to cooperate but he refused.

    I do have a heart and I do think that Mr. Aaron has learned some valuable life lessons in the most tragic of ways: everybody who acts like your friend is not your friend, don’t get involved in things you have no idea about, don’t be the middle man, people who you think are your friends will become your enemies to save themselves, take your lawyers advice, and not to hang out with wolves if you’re a sheep.

    Now, I don’t believe that he was as uninvolved as he claims, we rarely are as innocent as we would like to think, because it’s involving kilos of cocaine; kilos of cocaine were going for about $20,000 in 1993. 9=almost $200,000, hardly a single crack rock. And I doubt you just start out being the go between when hundreds of thousands of dollars are on the line or that you don’t know that either side has that amount of buying or selling power (and you know both sides). And I don’t think that ADA had some personal vendetta against him or that she made these people make up this stuff about him just because he was so important. Delusions of grandur. She probably just thought he was guilty and did her best to convict him, most of us are not important enough for a lawyer to risk losing their job, license, and livelihood…I doubt she would trade her life to take his.

    But, I digress….20 years is too damn long. But when you write the President how about writing your congressperson and the people in your state legislature. The President doesn’t make the law, neither does the Judge, the Jury, or the DA. Let the people who make the law know that you want it changed.

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  26. freeze June 16, 2012 at 7:50 am

    @moonhead Wake up and realize that President can’t satisfity all the people all the time. Before you pass judgement on our President think about what the other President have done for you and our race of people. Some jobs that are availavle black people will not do the work and they don’t show up on time and when they do you don’t get 90% of the work done. Vote for Romney that’s your choice and when he stick it to you like those in the pass come back a say he’s a traitor like you are saying today. Look at the comments that some of the White people are making to you with negetive thought to get you to bellieve that only white people can lead a country. Wake up and smell the roses. Do some searching on what the Obama adminstration have done for the whole country.

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  27. mike j June 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Wow I know murderers who got less time, wow!!!! Getting 3 life sentences for being black is cruel & unusual punishment.

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  28. Aristotle June 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    @Me112233- You are awake, and see the real deal!! Bravo!!
    Many people have been so distracted, asleep, following the herd, or fighting each other to never see the “Real” powers that run every government and the world. I advise everyone to get their eyes off Obama-the public spokesperson, and get to the root-the hidden power behind the scenes that are the real decision makers of this country-The Elite, Bilderberg, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, etc. Now, there are people who will support Obama to the end no matter what, just cause he’s black and Charismatic- the sheeple herd. But there are few who are wide awake and can’t be easily swayed- warriors.
    Everyone needs to go to YouTube right now and watch: The Obama Deception. Get ready to see what you never knew!!

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  29. L June 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    wow..ppl, obama is just one man. well intentioned, one of the hardest working presidents in ages(do your own research and stop letting that idiot box be your only resource)but at the end of the day, just a man. no cape, or magic hat. most ppl criticising him probably know VERY LITTLE about their local political scene and less about our national/federal politics/legislative branches. ppl support him because he’s articulate, INTELLIGENT and gives a damn. i’d support him in office fucking up vs. a bush/romney/mccain 300/45/80$ millionaire that REALLY DONT GIVE A FUCK..he alone will not fix everything..one thing about the republicans, they stick together, its not right cuz some of them and their politics are outright repulsive, misleading, especially for poor ppl in their ranks and all the rest of us most of them are against..and yes, democrats are foul too..and yes there are ‘powers’ pulling alot of ppl’s strings, you usually buy their products out of stores everyday..for anybody that didnt know, 85% of the prison population has been black since the early ninetys, and now undoubtly latinos add to that. that is the reality of INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM. blacks are only 13% of nation’s population..WE ALL ARE NOT CRIMINALS. noone has to cry racism, the law IS biased. and truly innocent ppl are victims of these laws, but, while u get worked up over this man, he’s had 20yrs to fight for his life, and we dont know all the facts, really. ppl who choose to deal drugs better know the risks. he was in prison before obama ever thought about being president. boyce, your obama hating is damn near sociapathic. alot of good your ph.d is doing. how much attention are you giving these individual cases after you post them in your blog at the end of the day? how much money are you making hating president obama? you couldnt walk in his shoes for a week

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  30. Deborah June 18, 2012 at 2:49 am

    I do not do drugs, I do not sell drugs, I won’t even affiliate with anyone who does. But to give a life sentence for what this young man did is ridiculous!

    I’m so glad Barak is looking at getting some of these crazy laws and sentences changed. We need to start writing our Congress people and Senators and let them know if they can not represent us, we can and will no longer allow them to steal our vote.

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  31. Harry June 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I agree with “Brokering”. I am sure in the drug business one gets something out out this type of arrangement. Plenty of others out there who deserve more print and more innocent than a drug broker.

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  32. Keith June 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    for all of you that think obama is going to do anything for a black person, you are sadly mistaken. this guy does not give a fuck about us.

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  33. Cynthia Williams June 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    This is CRAZY! One Life sentence would be too much when they let murderers free or with minimum sentences. They let Crack Addicts out when they changed the Mandatory Maximum and this man with no previous record…3 Life Sentences???

    So How many Sentences does our government get for the Genocide they are committing on the American People…GMO’s in the food are toxic , causing the increase in diseases and destroying people’s kidney’s, causing increase in cancers etc etc.

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  34. Davchi June 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    The Nixon administation flooded the black neighborhoods of America with heroin and marijauna in the early 70′s. Through the Ford, Carter and then the Regean Administration cocaine flooded the market and crack was introduced widely throughout black neighborhoods altogether. None of this happened by chance but was a planned action in a desperate despicable response to raise the sellers, the buyers and the users of these drugs giving the black communities an entrepreneurship of an illegal enterprise in order to substantiate the need for a prison industrial complex. Knowing that killings of black on black would take place, no individual or group of black men brought drugs into America under the guise of the CIA,DEA,FBI or state or local law enforcement . It has succeeded immensely.

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  35. jackie d. mitchell June 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    i became aware of Clarence Aaron situation almost 20 years ago, it was featured in a documentary about the drug raids in the South. The town that it happened in is where i was born in Uniontown, Ala.They interviewed one of the all white jurors that sentenced him, and the jurors admitted that they were not aware of the fact that Mr. Aaron did not participate in the drug transaction, he only introduced the the two individuals. He went on to say that if they had known that particular fact, they would not have given him such a harsh sentence. This has troubled me for all these years, and if i had the resources, i would do whatever it took to see that this man, this human being, this mother’s only child is set free, because this is inhumane on so many levels. GHM!!!!!!!

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    • merridee July 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      It is inhumane — and in my mind, this man is a political prisoner, not a criminal prisoner. He’s a political prisoner because of the war on drugs and because of the drug war policies to take down even the most thinly related people and to punish them excessively. And note that because he has been imprisoned all this time, he has not been able to father children…

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  36. Erica June 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

    The sentencing laws birth from the War on Drugs produced collateral damage that most can’t wrap their heads around. As a resident of Mobile, where Clarence is from and the case originates, the incarceration of of community members for extended periods of time for non-violent offenses resonates as cruel and unusual punishment. The sentencing laws did as much damage as the proliferation of drug use. We simply want Clarence freed as a just measure and a show of humanity and, ultimately, mercy.

    The local petition for this effort can be signed at http://www.portcitypaparazzi.com/p/forgive-clarence-aaron-petition.htm

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  37. Maria July 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    This guy gets 3 life sentences…please read this article below-how many life sentences will this man get for what he did? The justice system is absolutely backwards sometimes!

    http://www.theweeklyvice.com/2012/01/henry-jones-jailed-after-impregnating.html

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  38. merridee July 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Everytime I read about this young man, I get so angry at the betrayal of justice – there is no tempering with mercy. He should not be in prison for another day. It shames me as an American that we’re doing this — lets be honest. He IS a political prisoner, not a criminal prisoner.

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  39. mack July 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Man, stop talking about white people…talk about rich people. I’m white and did hard time (level IV) for possession of a gram of marijuana on a second offense in Alabama. There were all kinds of people doing crazy time, black and white. What everyone had in common? Insufficient access to counsel. Because we were all poor people in a world where freedom is for sale but we didn’t have the funds.

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  40. Ricardo C. July 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Is the sentence harsh? Yes. There has been enough drug deals and deaths as a result of drug deals in Black communities. All drug dealing, brokering drug deals, or any involvement in drug trafficking should carry harsh penalties (life sentences). Drugs like heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, etc,. destroy communities. One way to crush it is to make the penalties so severe that it isn’t worth taking the risk; and those that are bold enough to risk it should get life sentences. That’s how you stop it. For the record I was a street level drug dealer for a lot of years. My motto was, “If the profit justifies the risk then it is a risk worth taking.” Free advice from a former street level drug dealer, the penalties have to be severe to be be a deterant.

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  41. Ricardo C. July 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    For the record, not just drug dealing, but all felonies need to carry harsher sentences. However I believe that murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, and the like should carry life sentences.

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  42. lany December 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    That’s messed up. He didn’t even do nothing, yet he gets 3 life sentences.. If Obama dnt help, he has failed as a leader. He has broken so many promises..

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