Tag: Department of Justice

San Francisco Is Wiping Out A TON Of Weed Arrests

By Nick Hamilton | California

If you haven’t already heard, California legalized the use of marijuana at the beginning of the year.

The case and verdict have been reported time and time again. Something less reported, however, may prove equally important. Recently in San Francisco, District Attorney George Gascon announced that nearly 5,000 marijuana-related felony convictions will be reviewed, and the convicts will be re-sentenced.

The best part? The state will likely fully dismiss over 3,000 misdemeanor convictions.

Proposition 64, which legalized the drug in the State of California, states that people can possess six plants and one ounce of the substance. In San Francisco, this proposition had a 75% citizen approval rate. This was the highest of any county in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Let’s analyze this for a second: San Francisco is reviewing 8,000 cases of marijuana-related crimes. Also, they will likely throw out around 3,000 of them. In fact, it took 23 petitions to the city of San Francisco to act on this measure. Thus, each petition written will ultimately lead to the clearing of over 100 records.

Attorney Gascon spoke out towards the Department of Justice recently in regards to marijuana classification. They recently announced a desire to schedule marijuana as a class I narcotic, equal to heroin and above cocaine. (Quote from NPR)

“Every high school kid knows that that is B.S., right? But we continue to insist almost like marijuana is almost an existential threat. It’s hypocritical. It doesn’t really follow the reality of our country and it takes from the credibility of the entire criminal justice system.”

San Francisco dismissing these convictions basically says one thing to the Department of Justice. Essentially, it reaffirms the belief that federal prohibition on marijuana is an awful thing for this country. Thus, in order to further the principles of freedom, it’s about time to stop being so harsh on it.

(Image from capoliticalreview.com)

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Department of Justice Opens Up Investigation of Planned Parenthood

By Jason Patterson | USAThe Justice Department has decided to investigate, Planned Parenthood over claims the program profited from an illegal baby body part trafficking ring. On Thursday Fox News acquired a letter from Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd to the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting records from the panel’s previous congressional probe into Planned Parenthood. Later that day they confirmed this investigation.

This all started when  Committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) demanded the agency submit a letter assuring the docs would be used for an investigation, making it a highly likely investigation.
“The letter, sent to Grassley and Feinstein on Thursday, is a rare confirmation by the Justice Department of a federal investigation,” reports Fox.
 

“The Department of Justice appreciates the offer of assistance in obtaining these materials, and would like to request the Committee provide unredacted copies of records contained in the report, in order to further the Department’s ability to conduct a thorough and comprehensive assessment of that report based on the full range of information available,” Boyd’s letter to the committee stated. Boyd’s letter to the Judiciary Committee then stated, “At this point, the records are intended for investigative use only—we understand that a resolution from the Senate may be required if the Department were to use any of the unredacted materials in a formal legal proceeding, such as a grand jury.”

Grassley’s in December 2016 recommended that the FBI does a full investigation on Planned Parenthood due to proof that the organization had benefited financially from an illegal baby body part trafficking scam.

“The report documents the failure of the Department of Justice, across multiple administrations, to enforce the law that bans the buying and selling of human fetal tissue,” Grassley stated at the time. “It also documents substantial evidence suggesting that the specific entities involved in the recent controversy, and/or individuals employed by those entities, may have violated that law.”

This was first shown by a 2015 video that apparently included undercover journalist undercover as baby organ buyers secretly video tape high-level Planned Parenthood operatives discussing profiting from the barbarous trade, which took place at Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

CMP later released the following statement ” Over two years ago, citizen journalists at The Center for Medical Progress first caught Planned Parenthood’s top abortion doctors in a series of undercover videos callously and flippantly negotiating the sale of tiny baby hearts, lungs, livers, and brains. Since then, two Congressional investigations found even deeper wrongdoing and confirmed that Planned Parenthood Federation of America, several of their biggest affiliates, and multiple business partners broke the law in a profit-driven scheme to commodify dismembered baby body parts. It is time for public officials to finally hold Planned Parenthood and their criminal abortion enterprise accountable under the law.”

Planned Parenthood has attempted to prove its innocence saying they “strongly” disagreed with Grassley’s idea  however it was completely legal, “especially in light of the fact that the investigations by three other Congressional committees, and investigations in 13 states including a Grand Jury in Texas, have all shown that Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong.”

In the  2018 Fiscal Year Budget, the Trump administration is making attempt to defund planned parenthood. This was one of his campaign promises, attracting faith-based supporters.