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Please tell us how she was convicted without seeing or touching the drugs? What did she actually do?
I can't get the links that answer the questions CynicalOne asks, which I had too. ACLU says it's spam! This rant is a test-post, w/o links. But I did find some answers by searching the woman's name, "Elisa Castillo, cocaine, and Texas" :P
extremely poorly written article. I agree with previous comment...you failed to provide the facts of the case as laid out by the prosecution. Just because the ACLU makes a claim I would still like the full story before defending a convicted criminal.
Sounds to me like she was just an opportunistic drug smuggler. I am having a hard time feeling sorry for her. BTW being a "grandmother" doesn't mean you deserve more mercy than anyone else.
Illogical? You're thinking short term. The end goal is to privatize the prison system and thus open up a wealth of tax funded profits. The intermediate goals are to swamp the current prison system and prompt the "reform" required to solve the problem. Private investor's dream -- prisons overcrowded with old ladies and non-violent pot heads.
I'm buying stock in private prison system now...
I am guessing that the prisons in Texas are for profit.
Frankly I saw pics of her on facebook making gang signs, so I think she got what she deserved.
Prohibition on alcohol (a drug) in the thirties did not work, nor will this stupid prohibition on drugs work. In fact, it has already failed. In the mean time people are dying and taxpayers are footing the bill for locking people up. The government, the justice system and law enforcement are all run by crazies.
The war on drugs is a dismal failure that has increased illegal drug use at an alarming rate. The so called war, has maintained the huge profits in the illegal trade which is causing a monumental increase in brutal violence by drug lords in the U.S. and Mexico.
Illegal profits are so huge and untaxed that cash contributions to people at all levels of government go undetected, not to mention the so called legal contributions to the PAC's of senators and congressmen (the small letters are on purpose) in the U.S. government who gladly accept the money to get re=elected and perpetuate and increase laws that allow this situation to continue.
All the private prisons are for profit and contribute heavily to the greedy people in Washington DC to have them pass more laws that benefit the prison business.
You don't have to be Einstein to figure out that if you send more people to prison, the prison business profits soar. This stupidity is offensive and destructive to all members of our society.
The life imprisonment without parole of a Houston Texas grandmother, is an affront to common decency. Please publish the so called evidence that the Texas jury used to convict her and then send the members of the jury to live in a city in Mexico that has the highest murder rate by the drug cartels and don.t let them back into the U.S
You texans should hang your heads in shame. Most of the drugs from Mexico come into the U.S. through your borders and are transported through texas to the rest of the U.S. Must be nice to have all that no tax cash flowing through texas' economy at the expense of the rest of us.
This may be her first conviction, it is hardly her first offense. She ran the Houston side of a Mexican tour bus operation that ran from Monterey to Houston for over two years. She was responsible for running the depot and renting the various warehouse facilities where drugs were unloaded for distribution and money was left to transport back to Monterey. She also ran the company's banking account in Houston. Court records show the average passenger load on these trips was around 10 individuals per trip paying $35.00 each. The feds confiscated about a ton of drugs between 2006 and 2007 and about $2 million in cash. She pleaded a Sgt Shultz (60's TV series Hogan's Heroes: "I know nothing, absolutely nothing!"). She apparently thought she could avoid conviction since she didn't physically touch the merchandise so she didn't take a plea deal. Bad choice. The prosecutor didn't believe her, the jury didn't believe her, and the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals didn't believe her. The appeals court wrote in their opinion: "We find an overabundance of evidence to allow a rational jury to convict Defendants-Appellants, and find that the district court operated within its proper discretion in imposing within-Guidelines sentences on Defendants-Appellants." ftp://opinions.ca5.uscourts.gov/byDate/Feb2011/Feb09/09-20361.0.wpd.pdf
I would have hoped for a more honest report from the ACLU, but then again, it is the ACLU.
Oh right. Like the prosecution gives an honest report each and every time they put one forth. The way they've all been NOT doing in the Guantanamo trials, and I would have been quick to believe the prosecution b/c I was a witness for the prosecution in two separate crimes committed against ME, so I don't HAVE to rely on hearsay or even eyewitness testimony from another person b/c *I* was the actual witness.
THIS is probably why the dumbasses who actually committed the ONE crime against me walked away scot-free. I was THERE. I SAW them commit the crime on ME. I didn't need to convince anybody they did it for any reason other than a gd forMALIty, but I was able to get NOwhere on account of people said it was hearsay - or my word against theirs, as if their word were pure as the driven snow when they were on cocaine at the time the committed the crime. But never mind that.
The prosecution at Guantanamo has been absolutely nothing short of utterly shameless and seemingly with a freakin' broken moral compass. They want to have torture information suppressed during the trial even though the damn government's the one that DID it, they can take responsibility for it like they're always telling everyone ELSE to take for things.
Everybody wants to give advice and then act like none of it applies to them b/c they're "above the law" or something.
Well no they're not. What's good for the goose is as well for the gander. Otherwise, I don't even want to hear it.
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