Justice Department Stops Fighting Release of Legally Innocent Prisoners
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to stop stonewalling the release of prisoners who were deemed innocent by a federal court ruling.
All of the cases involved individuals serving time under a federal law for being caught with a gun after being previously convicted of a crime that resulted in sentences of a year or longer. In North Carolina, some low-level offenders caught possessing a gun were thrown in prison even though their previous crimes resulted in sentences that were less than a year long because other people convicted of the same crime could have received longer sentences.
This predicament was reviewed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which decided North Carolina was not enforcing the federal law correctly. The ruling meant that the low-level offenders should be freed.
But the Justice Department was reluctant to abide by the ruling at first. Then, the department decided this week to reconsider its position and drop any legal objections to the prisoners’ release.
An investigation by USA Today found at least 60 people who were wrongly imprisoned for having a gun.
To Learn More:
Dozens Of 'Innocent' Prisoners Could Be Freed (by Brad Heath, USA Today)
Dozens Imprisoned for Violating Non-Existent Federal Gun Control Law (by Matt Bewig, AllGov)
Scores in N.C. are Legally 'Innocent,' yet still Imprisoned (by Brad Heath, USA Today)
- Top Stories
- Unusual News
- Where is the Money Going?
- U.S. and the World
- Appointments and Resignations
- Latest News
- Arizona Voter ID Law Overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court
- Faces of 120 Million People in State Driver’s License Databases Accessed for Criminal Investigations
- FTC Allowed to Stop Brand Drug Firms from Paying Competitors to Keep Generics off Market
- Majority of Americans Disapprove of NSA Surveillance Operations
- U.S. and Britain Eavesdropped on World Leaders at 2009 Summits