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Monday, December 20, 2010

Christie Good, Christie Bad

This if great news:

Brian Aitken, who was convicted of illegally possessing two handguns that he had legally purchased in Colorado, will be spending Christmas out of prison.

Gov. Chris Christie commuted Aitken’s sentence, from seven years to time served, according to an order the governor signed today.
Aitken had appealed to Christie for commutation after being sentenced in August. According to the commutation order, Aitken will be released as “soon administratively possible.”

In 2009, Aitken was arrested for possessing two handguns and ammunition — the guns were unloaded — after state police found them in the trunk of his car. Aitken was visiting his mother in Burlington County when she became concerned about his well-being and called police.

Aitken, who had recently moved from Colorado where he bought the guns, faced felony charges the same as if he had used the guns to commit a crime.

You can read about the Aitken case here.  Aitken should never have been convicted.  The law allows someone to transport weapons between residences.  The judge and prosecutor not only didn’t accept that explanation, they refused to inform the jury of the exemption.

In a day when Obama can barely bring himself to pardon people who never went to prison four decades ago, in an era where Bill Richardson is struggling on whether to pardon Billy the Kid a century after his death, Chris Christie, a former prosecutor, went out and did the right thing.  Bravo.

It’s not all good for Christie.  NJ.com has a story about Christie trying to sabotage medical marijuana efforts by putting in place all kinds of rules to make its use difficult at best:

One rule places a limit on potency, so the legal pot can’t be as strong as the varieties Segal can find on the street. Home delivery was allowed at first, and then banned, for reasons the Department of Health will not explain.

If a doctor wants to prescribe pot, he needs to warn patients every three months that some experts believe this treatment is ineffective, and that marijuana can be addictive.

Each distribution center can carry only three strains of pot, and hold no excess inventory. They can’t make pot cookies or brownies, even for patients with cancer or AIDS who have lung problems.

You get the idea. Sure, the law is on the books. But it was signed by former Gov. Jon Corzine, and Christie never liked it. So he is trying to strangle this baby in its crib by drafting one unworkable rule after another. Call it bureaucratic sabotage.

I have surprisingly little patience with depriving sick people of medicine. Christie has the authority to set the rules for medical marijuana use.  But this seems to be going to far.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/20/10 at 10:04 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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