No shorter jail sentence for marijuana trafficker Masecchia

A judge has rejected a request for a shorter prison sentence from a former schoolteacher who admitted receiving help from a federal agent, Joseph Bongiovanni, in trafficking marijuana into Buffalo and its suburbs. Michael Masecchia, left, walks out of federal court accompanied by his lawyer, Patrick Brown, after being sentenced ... Read More

Biden’s marijuana pardons are welcome stopgap

President Biden on Friday demonstrated the proper use of presidential clemency power when he pardoned thousands of people who had been convicted of various nonviolent marijuana violations on federal land. The reasons he cited included addressing racial disparities in drug prosecution and sentencing, and that’s an important point. Criminal laws ... Read More