Gov. Patrick Reacts To Cousin’s Commutation

December 21, 2013 12:09 AM
Gov. Patrick Reacts To Cousin’s Commutation
" BOSTON (CBS) – A man serving life in prison for dealing crack cocaine is getting out thanks to President Obama. The inmate is Governor Deval Patrick’s cousin.

Patrick says he was surprised by the President’s order and had nothing to do with the decision.

By any measure, Reynolds Wintersmith, believed to be the nation’s only juvenile first-time offender serving life in prison for a non-violent drug crime, seems a good candidate for commutation.

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As the President put it in a statement, if he’d been sentenced under current laws that give more even weight to crack and powder cocaine offenses, Wintersmith would already be a free man.

“I don’t know this cousin, or at least not well,” Patrick said Friday. “I didn’t know he was in the straits he was.”

Executive clemency is a touchy issue for Governor Patrick "

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