------------------------------------------------------------------- Prison Funding Gets OK ('Associated Press' Says Oregon Legislature's Emergency Board Approved $151 Million For Bonds For 1,100-Bed Facility In Wilsonville But Doesn't Say What Ultimate Cost Of Bonds Will Be With Interest Or Why Legislators Weren't Called Into Special Session To Authorize So Much Money Off-Budget For What Already Consumes Largest Portion Of State's Budget) By CHARLES E. BEGGS The Associated Press 01/31/98 2:24 AM Eastern SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Lawmakers on Friday approved financing to build a $151 million prison at a controversial Wilsonville site while also urging the governor to consider a newly proposed alternate location in the city. The Legislative Emergency Board voted 12-5 to authorize selling debt notes to fund the 1,100-bed prison complex at the site of the closed Dammasch state mental hospital. The state Corrections Department hopes to begin construction and have the prison operating by mid-2000. But foes of the location unveiled a new option Friday, a smaller site at the north of the city near Interstate 5. They say it would remove objections over the Dammasch location being too close to schools and homes. Steve Marks, an assistant to Gov. John Kitzhaber, said the governor would give the idea at least some consideration. "It's an interesting proposal," Marks said. "It probably would be responsible to get some review of this." To formally consider the new option, the governor would have to reactivate a special state prison siting council to hold hearings. Marx said that could add 180 days to the project. Marx said he was pleased the E-Board approved funding to so the project can go ahead in any case. But opponents say they plan to bring new legal challenges, which could delay the work by making it difficult to sell debt certificates to investors. The Oregon Supreme Court last month rejected a challenge to the siting decision, saying the state followed proper procedures in choosing the location. Wilsonville citizens have battled the prison plan on grounds it would be disrupt a residential area and use land needed for housing. Some lawmakers said while the Dammasch site might be less than idea, the Legislature has given the governor the job of deciding where prisons should be located and that there always will be dissension. "No one really wants one in their back yard," said Sen. Neil Bryant, R-Bend. The prison mainly would be for women inmates and also include an intake processing center for male and female convicts destined for other prisons in the state. The design will allow addition of up to 500 beds. Lawmakers voting against funding the project were Sens. Eileen Qutub, R-Salem, Gene Derfler, R-Salem, and Mae Yih, D-Albany, and Reps. Larry Sowa, D-Oregon City, and Lynn Snodgrass, R-Boring. The E-Board handles budget matters between legislative sessions. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? We welcome your feedback. http://www.oregonlive.com/about/feedbk.html
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Mourn The Loss Of First Woman Killed In Line Of Duty ('Associated Press' Story On Funeral Of Portland Marijuana Task Force Officer Killed Tuesday In Warrantless Raid) By CARA GRIFFIN The Associated Press 01/31/98 1:51 AM Eastern PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Flags flew at half-staff, blue ribbons fluttered from cars and hundreds of police marched in line Friday behind the family of the city's first female officer killed in the line of duty. Colleen Waibel, 44, was shot to death Tuesday as she and other officers broke down the door of a suspected marijuana dealer. Hers was the second death of a Portland police officer in less than a year. Last July, Officer Thomas Jeffries, 35, was killed in a shootout with a fleeing assault suspect. Thousands of people joined officers from as far away as British Columbia for the public memorial in New Hope Community Church. Friends, family and colleagues remembered Waibel as a dedicated policewoman with an easy smile and the willingness to drop everything for a friend. "Being there for her friends and family was her life," Kathy Moyer, Colleen's friend of 23 years, told the gathering. "We need to remember her determination, honesty, and vitality. We need to remember the fun." Officer Cheryl McGinley rememberd Waibel's dedication to her career. "Night after night she worked hard to right the wrongs," McGinley said. "We all knew, whatever Colleen was involved in, she was giving it her all." Officer Teresa Uttke offered an emotion-choked remembrance. "Colleen and I grew up together -- not in childhood, but in police work," Uttke said. "You will be missed very much," Uttke told her fallen comrade. "Thank you for allowing me to share in your life." Pink and yellow light from the church's one stained glass window illuminated the amphitheater crowded with uniformed officers and civilians. One woman wiped tears from her cheeks with a dark tissue pulled from her purse. But the mourners laughed, too, when Lt. Cliff Jensen told a story of Colleen and two fellow officers. Responding to an alarm call, they saw someone lying unresponsive on the floor -- a moment later they realized the body was a mannequin. As he looked around the house, one of the officers stooped to test the temperature of water in a hot tub, accidentally filling his boot with water. Jensen said Colleen responded with her characteristic one-liners: "I don't know about you guys. One can't tell the difference between a mannequin and a human being, the other thinks he can walk on water." Colleen's friend Elena Uhing called the slain officer her hero. "She got up every day, put on her uniform and did a difficult and dangerous job," she said. "That is my idea of a hero." Waibel's brother, Father Phillip Waibel, led the service, asking mourners "to recall the stories where Colleen came into your life...to share with our family." As the church emptied, baskets outside the amphitheater filled with cards addressed to Colleen's family. After the service hundreds of police cars streamed from the church, lights flashing, and headed toward downtown Portland in a procession across town to the cemetery where she was buried. The rush-hour procession closed freeways, clogged city streets, and drew thousands of spectators along the way. About 700 people, including family and friends, gathered earlier at St. Mary's Cathedral for a funeral Mass attended by Chief Charles Moose and other high-ranking police officials. "She embraced her purpose, she understood her job, she understood her fellow officers, she understood her community," Moose said. Mayor Vera Katz canceled her State of the City address, which had been scheduled for Friday, and declared a day of mourning. Waibel worked in law enforcement about 20 years, beginning with the Washington County sheriff's department before joining the Portland police to work in the records division. After 11 years in that job, she became a sworn officer six years ago. She was married to Sgt. Mark Fortner, who learned about his wife's death while he was home sick on Tuesday. Waibel, who had two sons by a previous marriage, came from a large Washington County family that includes her cousin, Janice Waibel, a reporter for KPTV in Portland. As a Portland officer, Colleen Waibel was active in neighborhood issues and had served as a police liaison. Officer Kim Keist, 39, remained hospitalized Friday in serious condition after she suffered wounds to the chest and arm in the Tuesday shooting. Keist also lost a kidney, but was expected to make a full recovery. Sgt. James Hudson, 42, was treated at the scene for the gunshot wound to the hand. The suspected gunman, Steven Dons, 37, remained in critical condition Friday with chest wounds. Doctors say he may be paralyzed from the waist down. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? We welcome your feedback. http://www.oregonlive.com/about/feedbk.html
------------------------------------------------------------------- Farewell To A Fallen Hero - Thousands Honor The First Portland Policewoman Killed In The Line Of Duty ('The Oregonian' Covers Funeral Of Officer Killed During Portland Marijuana Task Force Warrantless Break-In) oregonlive.com January 31, 1998 firstname.lastname@example.org Farewell to a fallen hero Thousands honor the first Portland policewoman killed in the line of duty By David R. Anderson of The Oregonian staff As pink sunlight streamed from a stained-glass window over her portrait and her flag-draped casket, about 3,000 people packed New Hope Community Church in Clackamas on Friday to say goodbye to Colleen Waibel. From Seaside to Boise, from Victoria, British Columbia, to Klamath Falls, fellow officers from 334 police agencies paid their respects, so many that they filled the side aisles. They came to honor the first Portland policewoman killed in the line of duty, cut down by a hail of bullets in a Tuesday drug raid at the age of 44. They heard of the aunt, the sister, the wife and the cop who could be both a warrior and a tender soul. The stories from fellow officers during the 80-minute public memorial service brought as many laughs as tears. That's how Waibel, known for her beaming smile, would have wanted it, they said. There was a story about Waibel running after a drug user in The Grotto in Northeast Portland. When the man tried to push past her, Waibel took exception. She grabbed him by the collar, and his shirt ripped off. The man, half-naked, ended up stuck in blackberry bushes. "I think she won," Officer Cheryl McGinley said. "Night after night, she worked hard to right the wrongs." She was a woman who could calm a screaming baby with a gentle whisper and who eagerly learned how to turn traffic stops into drug busts. She trained new women officers to be a credit to their gender. She was a hero. "It was never about her," said Police Chief Charles Moose. "She became a D.A.R.E. officer to help kids. She became a police officer to help others." Her death was not fair. "Many of us will forever wish it could have been us on Jan. 27, 1998," Moose said. "Why is it always the good people? Why is it always people who reach out and make us all better?" 'Our loss is eternal' And then Moose ended by handing Waibel's husband, police Sgt. Mark Fortner, the Portland Police Bureau's Police Star. "Because Officer Colleen Waibel ... ," Moose said, pausing to collect himself. He started again. "Because Officer Colleen Waibel died while taking proper police action. She gave the ultimate. "Our loss is eternal." It was a moment that brought home the crushing loss and brought tears to even the toughest cops. Perhaps only one other moment challenged that for sadness, when East Precinct Cmdr. Mark Paresi said an officer had a message for Waibel to give Officer Thomas L. Jeffries, shot and killed in the line of duty in July. "Tell Tom that his baby is beautiful," he said. Friday morning, family and friends celebrated a Mass of Christian burial in St. Mary's Cathedral. More than 800 people gathered in the cavernous Roman Catholic church in Northwest Portland to celebrate Waibel's legacy of love, honor and duty to Portland police. Before the service, Waibel's casket sat in the entryway. It was flanked by six officers in their ceremonial blue uniforms, white gloves and polished black shoes. As organ music wafted over the crowd, officers removed the flag and replaced it with a pall. The slain officer's nieces and nephews escorted the casket to the front of the church, followed by Fortner and her parents. Then came a host of other relatives. Two of Waibel's siblings read religious passages before her brother, the Rev. Philip Waibel, said Mass. It, too, was a service tinged with humor. As incense smoke rose above the coffin, Philip Waibel said: "She never did like smoke. But since she's 18 months older than me, I can say that it's payback time." He asked that his sister be remembered as a "great lady" who dedicated her life to making the world a better place for everyone. "She was such a blessing to so many lives," he said. "The pain that we all feel is going to be with us for some time. In one sense, this pain has value because it reminds us of the depth of our loss." After the service, officers replaced the pall with the flag and wheeled the coffin to the waiting hearse. The crowd gathered outside for a few minutes, then slowly dispersed for the trip to New Hope Community Church. Governor, mayor attend Waibel's death brought out public officials and common folks, from Gov. John Kitzhaber and Portland Mayor Vera Katz to parents who watched the procession with their children on its route from the Clackamas church to Mount Calvary Cemetery. Across Southeast Stevens Road from the church entrance, dozens of onlookers -- many waving small American flags -- stood in silence under a bright blue sky as the funeral procession of at least 750 vehicles began. The police cars, each with its roof-mounted light bar flashing brilliant beams of red, blue, yellow and white, followed the hearse and its motorcycle escort. The spectacle impressed Jennifer Arelliano, 42, of Clackamas, who was there with her 17-year-old daughter, Stacy. "It's nice, Arelliano said. "It shows respect for an officer, a fallen hero." Scores of others along Southeast Stevens Road south of the church and along Southeast Sunnyside Road between Stevens and Interstate 205 -- the originally announced route -- waited in vain to see the procession. As they learned that it turned left instead of right, and headed north instead of south, several were disappointed. But they were not sorry they had come. "It's OK," said Lynn Zapata, 32, of Vancouver, Wash. "We still came." Zapata stood near an entrance to the Sunnyside 205 shopping plaza on Southeast Stevens Road at Southeast Sunnyside Road with her son Tyler, 8, and daughters Jasmine, 11, and Brittany, 12. Zapata's husband is Vancouver Police Officer Laurence Zapata, who was shot at after a bank robbery last fall. Fortunately, she said, he and his fellow officers were not injured in the shootout, in which two suspects were killed. But living every day with the knowledge that what happened to Waibel could happen to her husband is tough. "It's hard to accept," she said, "and it just makes you think about what you have and how thankful you are." Jann Churchill, a flight nurse for the LifeFlight Network, stood for three hours waiting for the 15-mile-long procession to reach Southeast Washington Street where it passes I-205. As the afternoon progressed, she was joined by others, who arrived in twos and threes, until their ranks filled the overpasses in both directions. Churchill dipped an American flag she had bought for the occasion in salute to officers as they passed below. In turn, they waved and saluted. Up and down the interstate, motorists pulled to the side and stood in silent tribute as the procession passed. Jill Huckestein, 14, and three Fernwood Middle School friends were walking home across the Northeast 33rd Avenue overpass as they usually do, when they heard about the funeral procession. They decided to stop and watch. "I think we should pay our respects," Huckestein said. "I think it would be just rude to walk by." Taking time out to pay respects Mark Lee didn't happen by. He took time off from his job as an electrician to watch the procession. "Sometimes you just have to stop and do these things because I feel it's right," Lee said. "That's one of the nice things about Portland. Even though it's a city, it's got a small-town atmosphere." About 90 people, some in business suits, some in sweat pants, watched quietly from different spots near the end of the Fremont Bridge. Tim Oakley closed his Portland design shop so he and his employees could watch the procession. "This really hit home, especially when it was the first female on the force," he said. "It really makes me sick." Daniel Kuhn was returning from a funeral in Vancouver when he saw police cars from different cities converging on Portland and decided to stop. "It really speaks well of the people of Portland that they are showing this kind of support," he said. "I've seen processions in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and I've never seen anything of this magnitude." Before the procession of flickering blue-red-blue lights disappeared into the trees of the Northwest Hills, the men and women following Waibel's hearse got one last wave from the crowd lining West Burnside Street. "It's very moving," said Frank Byrnes, one of several black-tie staff of the RingSide who lined the curb in front of the steak restaurant. Byrnes, who has waited tables there for 23 years, said he recognized many faces in the procession. For the entire length of the motorcade, he waved a white napkin. "They deserve it," Byrnes said. "It's the only time we can all get together and salute them." John Eklund and a friend, both seniors at Portland State University planning to become police officers, said the size of the crowd lining the street surprised them. "I think about, 'This could be me,'" Eklund said. "I just get chills watching it go by." Anne Anderson brought her two sons, Jeffrey, 3 months, and Jon, 4. Her husband is Sgt. David Anderson, who was in the procession. Anderson remembers making a similar trip with Jon for Jeffries' funeral. "First time I brought him, I thought, `This is a rare thing,'" she said. "Now, to happen so soon. What's he going to think - it's going to happen every six months?" Last sun at cemetery The procession arrived at Mount Calvary Cemetery at 4:45 p.m. and passed under a large American flag suspended from an arch formed by the aerial ladders from Fire Stations 13 and 22. By then the weather had turned cloudy over what had been a sun-dappled hillside two hours before. As the graveside service got under way, the clouds parted, and the day's last glimmer bathed the casket and mourners in unearthly light. As the sun set, the flashing lights of hundreds of police vehicles illuminated the scene. And it took an invocation by children who knew Waibel, repeated earlier in the day, to put her to rest. "The children from Russell Elementary were right," said Lt. Cliff Jensen: "Colleen was an angel sent from heaven." David Austin, Steven Amick, Jennifer Bjorhus, Ashbel S. Green, Stuart Tomlinson, Peter Farrell, Cara Rubinsky, Angela Cara Pancrazio and Steve Nehl of The Oregonian staff contributed to this story.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Paid Petitioning Costs Vs. Volunteer Petitioning (Paul Stanford Of The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Initiative Campaign Seeks Funding, Quotes Probable Oregon GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Sizemore Saying, 'I Would Have Signed' Recriminalization Bill, Too) From: "D. Paul Stanford"
Reply-To: "email@example.com" To: "'Restore Hemp!'" , Subject: Paid petitioning costs vs. Volunteer petitioning Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 15:42:43 -0800 Organization: CRRH Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org I did a radio show with a local news talk station this morning and listened for a bit afterwards. Later this morning they had Oregon initiative activist Bill Sizemore as a guest, where he basically said he is announcing he will run for governor next Thursday. According to Bill Sizemore, who has put several initiatives on the ballot here in Oregon with his group, Oregon Taxpayers United, "Volunteer petitioning costs 50 percent more than paid petitioning. There are more costs for mailing, printing, phone bills and contacting people. You give a paid petitioner 100 petition sheets and you'll get 100 full sheets back with thousands of signatures. If you give volunteers 100 sheets you'll get 1 sheet back with 3 signatures. Paid petitioning is a good thing. It saves money." We are working diligently to raise money to pay petitioners. More as it develops. We just got a business reply envelope approved this week, so people can mail back to us without hesitation. Want one? If you have some petitions out there, get them in right away! Please help if you can. Give till it hurts; we are. I called in and asked Sizemore about HB 3643 to recriminalize marijuana, now Ballot Measure 57. Sizemore said, " Governor Kitzhaber signed the bill and I would have signed it too." He seems headed unopposed to the Republican nomination for Governor, to run against Dr. John next November. We should have another beautiful night tonight to petition at the last Rolling Stones show. We are meeting under the big marquee sign at the corner of Wheeler and Multnomah streets, by the Max train stop at the east end of the Steel Bridge. I hope to see you there at the Rose Garden. If not, please send money. Yours truly, D. Paul Stanford We need your help to put this important issue on the ballot in Oregon! November 3, 1998 ballot question on the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, certified by the Oregon Supreme Court: " 'Yes' vote permits state-licensed cultivation, sale of marijuana for medical purposes and to adults." Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp CRRH P.O. Box 86741 Portland, OR 97286 Phone: (503) 235-4606 Fax: (503) 235-0120 Web: http://www.crrh.org/
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical Marijuana - How Can We Deny Relief Of Pain To Devastatingly Ill Citizens? (Letter To Editor Of 'Seattle Times' About Failure Of Washington Senate Bill 6721) Date: Sun, 1 Feb 1998 23:55:02 -0800 (PST) From: Robert Lunday
To: email@example.com cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: HT: LTE - Seattle Times - 1/31/98 Sender: email@example.com Pubdate: 1/31/98 Source: Seattle Times LTE Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Medical marijuana How can we deny relief of pain to devastatingly ill citizens? I just finished reading "Chances slim for marijuana bill," as well as "Medical pot advocate dies." I am appalled that once again the opportunity to pass legislation in our state allowing the terminally ill, and those suffering from painful, serious illnesses will not have a chance. The "marijuana bill" article indicated that many legislators as well as opponents of the bill wanted more "clinical research" before approving the bill. There are many studies currently set up to do exactly that, however, the federal government refuses to allow these agencies to obtain the marijuana to study. It appears to be a "Catch 22" at the expense of people like Ralph Seeley. The real crime in all of this is that the Legislature, as well as the residents of our fair state, are allowing, no, demanding, that people like Mr. Seeley die as criminals. Let's be realistic, medical use of marijuana does not, and will not lead to use of "heavier street drugs." As far as any message we may be sending our children, the message should be compassion for those suffering. Marijuana has, by far, less toxic side affects than prescription drugs currently available, and it isn't vomited up like pills or liquids often are. Let's get past the hysteria surrounding this issue and allow individuals like Ralph Seeley to spend their last days in peace, not having to use every last bit of energy fighting this issue. The bottom line is that people with terminal illnesses, as well as those suffering from multiple sclerosis, lupus, arthritis and glaucoma as well as other, very serious diseases deserve the best medicine available to fight their pain and nausea and often that medicine is marijuana. How can we, as a society, deny our most devastatingly ill citizens that right? Rhonda McCormack Issaquah
------------------------------------------------------------------- State Marijuana Law Upheld In Split Ruling ('Honolulu Advertiser' Says Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge To Marijuana Laws Based On 1978 Privacy Amendment) Date: Wed, 04 Feb 1998 07:32:52 -0500 From: "R. Lake"
Subject: MN: US HI: STATE MARIJUANA LAW UPHELD IN SPLIT RULING To: DrugSense News Service Reply-to: email@example.com Organization: http://www.mapinc.org Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Don Topping Pubdate: 31 Jan 1998 Source: Honolulu Advertiser Author: Ken Kobayashi Contact: email@example.com FAX: (808) 525-8037 Editor's note: If someone would verify the contact info it would be appreciated. Does this, or any, Hawaii newspaper have a web site? firstname.lastname@example.org STATE MARIJUANA LAW UPHELD IN SPLIT RULING The Hawaii Supreme Court yesterday rejected a key constitutional challenge to state marijuana laws and ruled that it is still illegal to smoke the drug. In a 4-1 decision, the court affirmed the petty misdemeanor conviction of Lloyd Mallan, who was caught smoking marijuana in his car at the Waikiki Shell parking lot in 1990. But the significance of the case goes beyond upholding Mallan's $50 fine. The decision is the first to analyze Hawaii's 1978 privacy amendment of the state constitution as to whether it should allow people to possess marijuana. Marijuana advocates had hoped the privacy amendment would pave the way for the legalization of the drug by protecting an individual's private conduct from government interference. In a case that splintered the high court's five justices into three separate opinions, four of the five justices upheld Mallan's marijuana conviction. The controlling opinion by Associate Justice Mario Ramil, who was joined by Chief Justice Ronald Moon, held that the right of privacy under the amendment does ot mean a person has a right to possess and use marijuana. But their 36-page opinion contained a footnote that said their ruling only addresses the use of marijuana for recreation, which was what Mallan was doing. They pointed out that they were not deciding whether the amendment covers marijuana smoking for other reasons. SEPARATE OPINION, DISSENT In a separate opinion, Associate Justices Robert Klein and Paula Nakayama agreed that the conviction should be upheld but did not entirely agree with the reasoning of Ramil's opinion. In a 110-page dissent, Associate Justice Steven Levinson wrote that the marijuana possession law violates the constitutional right of privacy. He wrote he would have thrown out the conviction. "It's not unexpected," said Deputy Public Defender Edward Harada, who represented Mallan, a free-lance writer who was running for Congress as a Libertarian at the time of his arrest. "To have a constitutional right to possess marijuana would seem against the weight of common sense for an appellate court. It's not something you see every day." But he said the footnote leaves the door open for a future challenge permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes. City Deputy Prosecutor Lori Nishimura said she was pleased. She said the decision will make it harder for other challenges based on the right of privacy. But she said the next challenge may be based on medical or religious uses of marijuana. The privacy amendment was cited in a 1988 Hawaii Supreme Court ruling that struck down sstate laws banning the possession and sale of pornographic materials. The court reasoned that a person has the right of privacy to purchase and review those materials in one's home. DIFFERENT FROM FREE SPEECH Ramil wrote that the right to use marijuana is not as fundamental as the right to review materials, which are protected by the First Amendment rights of free speech and press. "Inasmuch as we are convinced that the (1978 Constitutional Convention) delegates who adopted the privacy provision did not intend to legalize contraband drugs, we also believe that the voters who laater ratified the privacy provision did not intend such a result," he wrote. The high court had the Mallan case for more than four years, longer than any other pending appeal. The length of time and the three opinions, rare for the court, indicate that the justices had a difficult time dealing with the case. Possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Possession of more than that amount is a misdemeanor carrying up to a year in jail. Stiffer penalties apply to selling and growing marijuana.
------------------------------------------------------------------- When Justice Is Too Blind ('Washington Post' Notes Two Different Justice Systems In US For Rich And Poor, As Shown By Contrasting Cases Of Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton And A DC Mother Of Nine Facing Mandatory Minimum) Date: Mon, 02 Feb 1998 16:33:50 -0500 From: "R. Lake"
Subject: MN: US DC: When Justice Is Too Blind To: email@example.com Reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: http://www.mapinc.org Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Richard Lake Source: Washington Post Author: Colbert I. King Contact: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm Pubdate: Saturday, January 31, 1998 WHEN JUSTICE IS TO BLIND I wouldn't blame Karen Blakney of Southeast Washington if she's been following with a bit of cynicism the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton show downtown. Blakney shouldn't even be blamed if she's feeling pangs of jealousy as she watches Linda Tripp and Lucianne Goldberg do their thing. Because there is one absolute certainty about the ultimate outcome of this latest White House scandal. Whether the coming months produce impeachment, moral condemnation, exoneration or veneration, everybody who's anybody in this sex, lies and audiotape saga will end up at some point down the road free as birds and financially better off than ever before. America's social and moral codes of the '90s were made for these folks. And perhaps that's the part that makes Karen Blakney most heartsick of all. Because Blakney, a mother of nine children, has been having her own go-round with the American system of justice. And it sure ain't like what's being served up in the headlines these days. Though both Blakney and Monica Lewinsky are women of Washington, their lives couldn't be farther apart. Blakney's getting by on welfare and food stamps with a little extra help from her youngest child's father and from her oldest daughter, who's working while going to school. Lewinsky, of Watergate and product of an affluent Beverly Hills lifestyle, has probably never had a serious hunger pang in her life. The only thing they may have in common, besides gender, is one experience with law enforcement. Lewinsky's came as she sat for lunch in an upscale Virginia hotel with friend-turned-traitor Linda Tripp. As you know, dear reader, unbeknownst to Lewinsky, the FBI also had joined them at the table in the form of a body wire worn by Tripp that recorded every word being said about Lewinsky's alleged sexual affair and coverup plot involving the president of the United States. Blakney experienced a government "gotcha" of her own. It came courtesy of two undercover federal agents posing as drug buyers. Not that Blakney, also known as "Cookie," was doing any of the selling when the agents revealed their identities. The drugs were being peddled by two traffickers. A drug-addicted bit player, Blakney was hired (in keeping with her nickname) to cook powder cocaine into crack, for which she received the whopping sum of $100. Nonetheless, it was enough to get her busted -- a then 29-year-old junkie in handcuffs for trying to feed a bad habit. Today, eight years later and following three years behind bars, Blakney is still fighting the nightmare of that arrest. Blakney's criminal justice experience makes Bill Clinton's crisis look like high tea in the White House Rose Garden. She was caught cooking powder cocaine into crack. Because there's a 100-to-1 disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine offenses, Blakney faced a mandatory sentence several times worse than if she had been found packaging the powder. It's a difference enshrined in law -- a law that is sending a generation of young black men and women like Blakney to jail for long stretches. Why? Most powder cocaine users are white. And the 90 percent of defendants in crack prosecutions? You got it -- they're black. This could have changed in 1995, when Congress and Clinton took a look at the sentencing disparities. But it was before an election year, and the Republicans -- not needing us -- and Clinton -- owning us -- agreed that the law could stay the way it is. After all, why should they care? So at the time of her sentencing in federal court, Blakney faced a mandatory minimum of 10 years in jail. However, Senior U.S. Judge Louis Oberdorfer, a brilliant and compassionate jurist and a conscientious foe of arbitrary mandatory minimum sentences, ruled that a compulsory sentence of 10 years for a minor player like Blakney would be a "cruel and unusual" application of the law in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Now, Oberdorfer's no softie. He sentenced the drug traffickers in the same case to life in prison without parole. When it came to Blakney, however, Oberdorfer imposed 33 months, the sentence she would have faced in a powder cocaine case. You think independent counsel Ken Starr's a junkyard dog? Check out our own U.S. attorney's office in the District. Prosecutors there became apoplectic at the thought of a pipehead not spending a decade behind bars as prescribed by law. So with dozens of unprosecuted D.C. government corruption cases collecting dust in their office, federal lawyers rushed off to challenge Judge Oberdorfer's ruling. They struck pay dirt when a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals here reversed the ruling and kicked it back to Judge Oberdorfer for resentencing. To his everlasting credit, Judge Oberdorfer tried to hang tough, sentencing Blakney to the 33 months she had already served by the time he took up her case for resentencing. He had good reasons for not sending her back to jail. Since her release, Blakney had turned her life around. She didn't have someone from the social A list like Clinton's sidekick, Vernon Jordan, looking out for her -- you see, she's a "nobody" from east of the river. Nor does Blakney have the benefit of a rich father or a fashionable mom who can fix her up with a place in the Watergate or a New York apartment. But she does have grit -- and since that incarceration, she does have God. After jail, Blakney successfully completed a drug-treatment program and knocked off the illicit drugs -- as random drug testing continues to show. She's involved in her church's Outreach Ministry Program and has become a leader in turning youth and others in the community away from drug addiction. "Exemplary" is the way Senior U.S. Probation Officer Verdale Freeman described Blakney's post-jail adjustment. And best of all, according to court papers, Blakney is on good terms with her young family and keeping it on the straight and narrow. But guess what? Prosecutors said to hell with Blakney's reforming herself. The law says we've got to take her from her family and lock her up for seven more years. So what if her kids become public charges of the city's much-maligned foster-care system? The appeals panel, agreeing that Blakney's successful rehabilitation and community service are irrelevant, threw in with the prosecutors and vacated Judge Oberdorfer's resentencing decision. It's all too much for Judge Oberdorfer, who has recused himself from the case. Blakney's fate is now in the hands of U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler, who has set a status hearing for Feb. 10. That's when Blakney may find out when she has to kiss her kids goodbye. And that, my friends, is a glimpse of American justice as administered away from the front pages and evening news. Blakney's among the thousands of faceless Americans who -- unlike Lewinsky, the Clintons and the rest of that ilk -- pay a steep price for being poor. Go ahead, get worked up and choose sides in the Clinton-Lewinsky controversy if you must. But remember people like Blakney who go through this life without a margin of safety. That is the face of justice nobody sees.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Professor Can't Get Arrested For Marijuana In Public ('Marijuananews.com' Recounts Case Of Protesting Penn State Professor) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 22:54:17 EST Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Chris Donald
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: US: Prof can't get arrested for mj in public http://www.marijuananews.com A Personal Newsletter on the Cannabis Controversies / Date: 01/31/98 Richard Cowan, Editor and Publisher The Professor Still Can't Get Arrested For Smoking Marijuana at Penn State Gates -- Says: "I'm not an advocate of marijuana. I am an advocate of freedom." University Park , PA January 30, 1998 See:  Police Refuse to Arrest 65-year-old Penn State Chemistry Professor Taking Part In Smokeout Once again, 1,500 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges yesterday as every day but once again Professor Julian Heicklen was not one of them. And Lord knows, he tried. At a high-noon marijuana smokeout at Penn State University's gates the 65-year-old professor emeritus of chemistry could not get arrested even though two Penn State police officers did confiscate his cigarette. "We took whatever he was smoking and we are going to test it. If it's not marijuana, nothing will happen. If it is, we'll forward the information to the district attorney," said Penn State police Officer Mark Stringer. If arrested, Heicklen said he would plead not guilty and ask for a jury trial, then ask the jury to nullify the laws that make smoking marijuana illegal. Heicklen said he will also "lean on the district attorney" to do something about the police taking his cigarette, which he said was theft. Spoken like the true libertarian that he is! "Now let's make it clear," Heicklen said. "I'm not an advocate of marijuana. Today you are seeing me smoke the second marijuana cigarette of my life. But I am an advocate of freedom." "Our purpose is to enforce the law but not to further someone's political purposes," Stringer said. "I think we accomplished that purpose." Heicklen was not treated differently than a student would have been because of his age and position, he claimed. The Penn State officer also said the odor doesn't mean marijuana was being smoked, and that other herbs, such as sage, smell the same as the marijuana when burned. Remember that the next time the police say that the odor of marijuana is probable cause. It is, if they want it to be. Arbitrary police power. "If somebody expected us in a crowd to cuff him and take him away, that wouldn't happen regardless of who that person was," Stringer said. "We'd have treated anyone the same way." When police left, someone handed Heicklen a burning joint, which he smoked. Heicklen told the crowd he would be back again next Thursday. "The more times I come out here and don't get arrested, the harder it will be to arrest everyone else," he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police, Marijuana-Sniffing Dog Sweep Through Madison High (Nine Madison, Wisconsin, High School Students Face Disciplinary Action, According To Cleveland's 'Plain Dealer') Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 12:56:59 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US OH: Police, Marijuana-sniffing Dog Sweep Through Madison High Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: The Plain Dealer Author: Maggi Martin, Plain Dealer Reporter Pubdate: Saturday, January 31, 1998 Website: http://www.cleveland.com/news/ Contact: Unknown/unverified. If anyone can send me a verified contact for this major (440,000 circulation) newspaper, it will be appreciated. email@example.com POLICE, MARIJUANA-SNIFFING DOG SWEEP THROUGH MADISON HIGH MADISON - Nine Madison High School students face disciplinary action after a drug-sniffing dog yesterday found small amounts of marijuana in lockers and cars at the school. One female student, whose age was not available, was arrested, after Marco, a trained police dog, found two marijuana cigarettes in her car in the school parking lot. Eight male students, whose ages also were not available, face possible expulsion or suspension for either leaving school or having traces of marijuana in their lockers or cars. School officials will conduct hearings next week. Richard Mongell, Madison Township police detective, and Eastlake Patrolman Richard Greer, who is Marco's handler, assisted school officials in a sweep through the school and the parking lot, said Superintendent Stan Heffner. Heffner said lockers are school property, and students are warned they may be searched at any time. Students also are warned that the parking lot is patrolled. "Zero tolerance means zero tolerance," Heffner said. "If a student is going to be stupid enough to bring marijuana to school, they will have to pay the price. Students who don't break the law have nothing to worry about."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Vanderbilt Man Wants Drug Counts Dropped ('Tribune Review' Recounts Case Of Western Pennsylvania Man Popped For Three Pounds Of Pot Received By Post) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 22:50:57 EST Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: ART: Vanderbilt man wants drug counts dropped >From the 1-31-98 Tribune Review (Western PA) http://tribune-review.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org Vanderbilt man wants drug counts dropped By S.K. Musisko TRIBUNE-REVIEW An intensified effort to catch those sending drugs through the mail from Tempe, Ariz., resulted in the arrest of a Fayette County man. Friday, Uniontown attorney Samuel Davis asked the court to suppress evidence against his client, Marion Steven Hill, 23, of Box 100, Vanderbilt RD1. Hill is charged with drug possession and possession with intent to deliver. The hearing was held before Common Pleas Judge John Wagner Jr. Tempe Police Officer John Bier told Assistant District Attorney Lee Demosky that police contacted all package delivery services in that area and asked them to report suspicious parcels. Last July 18, a delivery service reported a package smelled of marijuana. Bier said his drug-sniffing dog reacted when he smelled the box, which was addressed to the defendant and sent by "J. Langley." The officer got a search warrant and opened the package, finding about three pounds of marijuana. Trooper Brian Crouch of the Belle Vernon barracks said after being contacted by Tempe police, he received the box and placed a device in it designed to go off when opened. Trooper Danny Moy testified he dressed in a United Parcel Service uniform, but drove a blue Mustang to Hill's home on Route 201 on July 22. Moy said he went to the door and Hill asked him, "What's the matter, did you lose your truck?" Moy replied that because of the UPS strike, he was using his personal vehicle. Moy said Hill then told him, "I've been waiting for this package." Officers moved in as the device sounded minutes later. The phone rang as officers arrested Hill, and the call was traced to William Bishop in Tempe. Hill told officers that Bishop sent the package to him, Crouch said. Bier said Bishop was arrested but isn't yet charged in the case. Troopers found the empty box in an upstairs bedroom and the marijuana under a bed. Investigators also collected drug paraphernalia. Davis argued there was no evidence Hill knew the package contained marijuana. "The way this was done, if permitted, would lead to a horrendous application of the law," Davis argued. "The case is woefully weak. That could be you, your honor, or anyone else." "And if I possessed it, I would have been in violation of the law," Wagner responded. The judge will issue a ruling soon.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Chatroom For Activists (Media Awareness Sponsors Online Event Saturday-Sunday Nights) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 06:44:14 -0500 To: DPFT-L@TAMU.EDU, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org From: Richard Lake
Subject: Chatroom For Activists Friends, You are invited to discuss the various DPR activities taking place this week in the chatroom for activists. Only a web browser (i.e., no special software) is required. Simply point your browser to http://www.mapinc.org/chat/ And join the discussion. The chat starts at 9:00 p.m on Saturday and Sunday night Eastern Standard time. Folks drop in and leave as their time allows over about a three hour period. Oh, that is at 6:00 p.m. for folks living on the west coast, or about 7:00 p.m. Mountain, or 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. This is not a kids IRC chat, but the place well known activists and newsmakers discuss the issues and plan for the future. Again, the URL is: http://www.mapinc.org/chat/ See you there, tonight? Richard Lake Senior Editor; Mapnews, Mapnews-Digest and Drugnews-Digest email: email@example.com http://www.drugsense.org/drugnews/ For subscription information see: http://www.mapinc.org/lists/maplists.htm Quick sign up for Drugnews-Digest, Focus Alerts or Newsletter: http://www.drugsense.org/hurry.htm
------------------------------------------------------------------- C-SPAN Features Shultz, Friedman, Nadelmann (Program Your VCR) From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sat, 31 Jan 98 01:07:37 EST To: #TLC-LARGE_at_osiemail@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: C-SPAN 1/31 10:35 PM: Shultz, Friedman, Nadelmann Sender: email@example.com > Friends: > > This Saturday night, January 31, 1998, at 10:35 p.m. PST, C-SPAN-2 will > again broadcast talks by George Shultz, Milton Friedman and Ethan > Nadelmann on the subject of drug policy. The program is a tape of the > opening session of a conference Joe McNamara put on at Stanford's Hoover > Institution last November called "Pragmatic Solutions to Urban Drug > Problems".
------------------------------------------------------------------- Buyers Clubs Illegal - Medicinal Marijuana Still Falls Outside Law, Police, Politicians Say ('Ottawa Citizen' Notes Responses To Yesterday's Announcement By Ontario Activists That They Would Open Clubs To Force Politicians To Act) Resent-Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 20:26:41 -0800 (PST) Old-Return-Path:
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 23:26:33 -0500 (EST) To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Michael Foster Subject: Buyers Clubs Illegal Ottawa Citizen, Saturday, January 31, 1998 BUYERS CLUBS ILLEGAL-Medicinal marijuana still falls outside law, police, politicians say By Mike Shahin Medicinal marijuana buyers clubs are likely to remain in the grey zone of politics and the law for awhile-judging by reaction to a brash attempt to force the issue. A group of Ontario activists is promising to openly supply cannabis to people whose doctors advise them to use it for illness. The activists have asked the federal health and justice ministers to exempt them from the law, but say they will run the clubs in eight southwestern Ontario cities even without an exemption. Pierre Gratton, spokesman for Justice Minister Anne McLellan, said she had not yet seen the request, but doubted an exemption could be granted "before public policy changes take place. You can expect that it will take some time to respond," Mr. Gratton said. Ms. McLellan has said recently that she supports a public debate on the legalization question. Meanwhile, law enforcers say they don't intend to turn a blind eye to the buyers clubs-nor will they go after them with all their might. Toronto police Det. Rick Chase, of the city's drug squad, let out a laugh when told of the plan to run buyers clubs. One club is already open for business in Toronto. "There are some very stupid people out there, aren't there?" Det. Chase said. "The unfortunate thing is, until the law is changed, it's still against the law to possess this stuff." Still, he said, the police have "worse problems" to deal with such as "heroin and crack addicts dropping on a daily basis." His squad will investigate if it receives a complaint and the address of a buyers club, but it won't comb the city just to make an example of the operation. 'I don't believe that we will be going out on a witch-hunt," said Cpl. Marc Richer of the RCMP. "If you tell me there's a pot (club) on the corner, and 350 grams of heroin next door-guess where we're going?" Reform MP Jim Hart said he hopes to talk to Health Minister Alan Rock next week about the buyers clubs and about furthering the marijuana debate in general. Mr. Rock has expressed support for legalization, but has said that the onus is on others to convince the government, with hard evidence, that marijuana is beneficial as a medicine.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Overdose Strategy - Intranasal Naloxone ('British Medical Journal' Proposes Dispensing Emergency Resuscitation Drugs To Heroin Addicts And Their Close Contacts - Would Prevent 'A Thousand Deaths From Heroin Overdose Each Year' In Britain - In Emergency, Watch 'Pulp Fiction' And Use Travolta's Technique) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 22:51:22 EST Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: UPDATE - BMJ Report - Overdose strategy - intranasal naloxone (?) (---- Begin Included Message ----) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 16:39:30 +1000 From: Andrew Byrne To: ADCA Listserve Subject: UPDATE> BMJ Report - Overdose strategy - intranasal naloxone (?) Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: Andrew Byrne BMJ No 7128 Volume 316 News Saturday 31 January 1998 Deaths from heroin overdose are preventable A thousand deaths from heroin overdose each year could be prevented in Britain if emergency resuscitation drugs were supplied to addicts and their close contacts, according to a report presented to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' winter meeting last week. Professor John Strang, director of the National Addiction Centre at the Maudsley Hospital in London, suggested that premature deaths from drug overdoses account for the increased mortality among opiate addicts. A survey of heroin addicts in south London showed that over half of those undergoing treatment had overdosed in the past. These overdoses, however, were rarely suicide attempts. Professor Strang's team plans to involve addicts, and a nominated partner, in therapeutic training programmes, which will teach basic resuscitation techniques and the correct way of administering naloxone. Up to now, drug user communities have relied on unproved and potentially dangerous methods of resuscitation, such as injecting salt, placing the person in a cold bath, and injecting adrenaline through the breast bone as demonstrated by John Travolta in the film Pulp Fiction. In overdose, opiates cause pinpoint pupils, respiratory depression, and coma. Doctors in casualty departments regularly use naloxone, a specific antidote, to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. As it is short acting, repeated injections and continuous infusions of naloxone are often needed. Now that naloxone is available as a nasal spray, Professor Strang's team hope to distribute it to heroin addicts as part of a pilot study. Dr David Best, research coordinator at the National Addiction Centre, said: "So many overdoses occur in the presence of friends and partners. If naloxone was available in drug user communities, when somebody overdosed, friends could place the patient in the recovery position, administer naloxone, and call for an ambulance." Kamran Abbasi BMJ -------------------------------------------------------------------
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