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What Didn't Get Said

President Obama gave his State of the Union speech tonight.  Its full text is here.

I've always found it instructive to listen for what I don't hear.  Tonight, I didn't hear a word about criminal justice or sentencing, except for a for what might have been a reference to school shootings, and thus a pitch for gun control.  But it was barely mentioned and opaque.

Why is it interesting that criminal justice and sentencing went unremarked? Because Pat Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has a hearing scheduled in 36 hours on the Durbin-Lee bill (to which he has added his name). That legislation would dramatically slash mandatory minimum sentences for even the most serious and deadly drug offenses, including major trafficking in heroin, PCP and meth.  

Leahy has been pushing this "reform" for months, after his own proposal (with libertarian Senator Rand Paul) exploded on the launching pad because of its radicalism.

Leahy heard the same omission from the President that I did.  He must be furious. Good.

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