Remember Edward Dorsey? He was the defendant in Dorsey v. United States, in which the Supreme Court, 5-4, walked past the federal Savings Statute, 1 USC 109, to find that the
Crack Pushers Bonanza Bill Fair Sentencing Act applied retroactively for the benefit of those convicted on or after the day it was signed into law, regardless of its effective date.
What happens when we make lighter drug sentencing retroactive? Easy -- the druggie gets out earlier. And what happens then? Easy again -- he gets back in business. Why would he do anything else when he sees that we've lost our nerve?
The Sentencing Commission, in its rush to give breaks to drug dealers, has danced and pranced around their actual recidivism rate. In fact, although the Commission understandably seems a bit reluctant to say so out loud, the drug recidivism rate is a staggering 77%.
With that in mind, I bring you today's news in the form of a press release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of Illinois, home of our friend, Mr. "We Know He'll Go Straight From Now On" Edward Dorsey (emphasis added):