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December 25, 2013 5:00 PM

Judge sounds alarm on drug prosecutions

Thousands of prisoners are serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes. Federal Judge John Gleeson knows that most defendants who plead guilty are guilty. He is, however, dismayed at the use of the threat of mandatory minimums as “sledgehammers” to extort guilty pleas, effectively vitiating the right to a trial.

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