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Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:14 am

Editor's note 8/11/16

Too bad that the federal judge denied Rod Blagojevich’s appeal to reduce his prison sentence from 14 years to five. The full sentence seems excessive, considering that the hapless Rod is remorseful and won’t hurt anybody. Now he’s just part of the crowd of thousands of prisoners serving excessive sentences, many in prison for life for nonviolent drug crimes, disproportionately more of them are black or poor. Even Republicans are beginning to realize that excessive prison sentences do nobody any good, while costing governments millions. The judicial system should make an example of Blagojevich – let him go. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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