National media on Tuesday covered University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law professor Paul G. Cassell‘s request to President Barack Obama to commute the sentence of Weldon Angelos, a music producer who was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 2004 in connection with selling marijuana.
In a letter sent to Obama on Feb.9, Cassell, a former federal judge who handed down the sentence to Angelos in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court, called the case “one of the most troubling that I ever faced in my five years on the federal bench.” He has used the case to discuss criminal sentencing and potential criminal justice reform in his courses at the law school, which include criminal procedure, crime victims’ rights, and criminal law.
Read the Washington Post story here: Former federal judge to President Obama: Free the man I sentenced to 55 years in prison
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