Michigan Attorney General Pushes Governor On Marijuana Clemency For Prisoner With COVID

Michigan Attorney General Pushes Governor On Marijuana Clemency For Prisoner With COVID

The attorney general of Michigan is asking the governor to commute the sentence of a 69-year-old inmate who was convicted of selling marijuana more than two decades ago and has since contracted the coronavirus in prison. Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) wrote in a letter on Wednesday that while her office doesn’t have the power to unilaterally grant clemency, it is strongly recommending that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) use her own authority to facilitate the commutation, arguing that Michael Thompson’s sentence for selling three pounds of cannabis to an undercover police officer in 1996 is excessive. Michael Thompson’s draconian sentence is unreasonable and an affront to justice. I ask that @GovWhitmer commute his sentence and allow Michael to be released from custody as soon as possible. https://t.co/1v7uhwtUA7 — Dana Nessel (@dananessel) August 5, 2020 The fact that Michigan legalized marijuana for adult use in 2018 underscores the need for restorative justice, she wrote to the governor. “A decades-long sentence like that imposed on Mr. Thompson is usually reserved for second-degree murder convictions or for particularly heinous rape cases involving multiple aggravated factors,” Nessel said. “Sentences of this length for selling marijuana are simply unheard of, even when accompanied by firearms offenses.” .@MIAttyGen @dananessel Sends Letter to Governor in Support of Michael Thompson's Commutation https://t.co/gj0p2oKcX4 pic.twitter.com/DdVYzoPt7s — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (@MIAttyGen) August 5, 2020 “Given that recreational and medicinal marijuana is now legal in Michigan, allowing Mr. Thompson to continue to serve this very draconian sentence is even more…

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