“For the prosecutors that work for Mosby, this may be a way to empower them, or at least free them up to work on other matters that they think are much more important,” Berman said. “It may be exactly the flip for the police force. The rank-and-file police may think it’s important to be able to do further investigation based on some suspicion of marijuana activity.”
“After reading the ethnic intimidation statute in conjunction with the disorderly conduct section … I’m troubled,” Tokaji said.
“It seems to be that nicotine exposure in kids is linked to development in mood disorders, attention disorders, other drug-seeking behaviors,” Berman said.
“There’s a lot more that the FDA could do, and I think the exception for menthol is problematic,” Berman said.
Owing to changes in the First Step Act, it is possible that Paul Manafort’s 7½ -year sentence could be reduced by 378 days, he said.
“Congress’s vote, even if vetoed, would solidify any court’s understanding that the so-called emergency is really part of an end-run around a legislative branch that is unconvinced an emergency exists, that refused to fund the wall, and that is constitutionally in charge of federal spending,” Shane said.
“For many prosecutors, there’s an inclination not to allow a defendant to benefit from cooperation so late in the day,” Berman said.
Professor Ric Simmons was quoted in the Associated Press article that was featured in the New York Times titled, Nevada Considers Technology to Scan Cellphones After Crashes. “Lieberman points to a paper by Ric Simmons, a professor at Ohio State […]
“There is no limit to how much you can discriminate against a person with a criminal record,” Berman said.
“The huge fundamental issue is do we want the government saying ‘we’re unsure about this, therefore we prohibit it until we can be sure it’s safe’?” Berman said. “Or do we say ‘some people are benefiting from this, even if there is risk, let it be legal until we get proof that it’s more harmful than healthy?’”
“The statute broadly gives immunity for a lot of things. For example, if you’re following the orders or directive of a power of attorney or if you are following reasonable medical care,” Simmons said. “It allows you to give medication if you’re trying to give comfort or to relieve pain but not for the purpose of causing death.”
“Senator McConnell is a key gatekeeper for Senate votes and passage, and I have no reason to think he wants to see any significant reforms enacted in the coming year, especially after he got hemp reforms passed late last year,” Berman said.