Capitol Square Crapper continues with its quest to make us feel guilty for convicts.
Today the Ragister ran an Iowa View by an Iowan, stunning and the scientific community is united in that fact.
The mother of Mandy Martinson wants your heart to bleed for her daughter who was convicted by a jury of her peers for -- conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute marijuana; possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of a mixture containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
She also had those convictions affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals,Eighth Circuit.
Her mother claims her daughter was leading a full, productive life before her drug problems escalated, taking everything from her in a matter of months.
From where I sit, those who lead full, productive lives don't do drugs, let alone have drug problems escalate.
Mama blames all of her daughter's problems on boyfriends and states -- While her charges were pending, she realized she needed help. She obtained drug treatment and sobered up, resumed her career as a dental hygienist, and reconciled with our family.
If I may quote Mama, too little and too late.
Mama also said -- Mandy has maintained her sobriety throughout the eight years she has spent in prison. She knows that she broke the law and deserved to be punished.
Celebrating sobriety because of prison, isn't that something.
It doesn't sound like Mandy fully feels she deserved to be punished as she filed motions for judgment of acquittal on the Government's alleged failure to establish sufficient evidence to sustain a conviction
and believed that the district court should have granted her a new trial on the basis of insufficient evidence to sustain her convictions despite her failure to move for a new trial before the district court.
It appears that Mandy Martinson is lucky to be serving only 15 years, as she could have had 25.
The district court sentenced Martinson to a 120-month mandatory-minimum sentence for her conspiracy conviction, a concurrent 120-month sentence for her possession-with-intent-to-distribute conviction, and a consecutive 60-month mandatory-minimum sentence for her firearm conviction. Martinson's resulting 180-month sentence was the statutory minimum available to the district court.
I will agree that it's too bad that Martinson is doing three years more than the dealer, who was able to cut a deal.