Williams, a Montana medical marijuana grower, faces at least five
years in federal prison when he is sentenced on February 1.
Although that penalty seems unduly severe, says Senior Editor Jacob
Sullum, five years is a cakewalk compared to the sentence
Williams originally faced, which would have kept the 38-year-old
father behind bars for the rest of his life. The difference, Sullum
explains, is due to an extremely unusual post-conviction agreement
that highlights the enormous power prosecutors wield as a result of
mandatory minimum sentences so grotesquely unjust that in this case
even they had to admit it.View this article.
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