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Monday, July 10, 2000 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Congressional Relatives Receive 'Get Out of Jail Free' Pass
Libertarian Harry Browne Says Congressmen
ARLINGTON, VA -- If you or a relative gets arrested on a drug charge, don't expect to pass Go or collect $200 -- unless you're the son or daughter of a U.S. congressman. Thursday night provided the most recent example of the Drug War double standard, and Libertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne is urging voters to help him end the "Monopoly on Hypocrisy" -- the Insane War on Drugs.
According to the Tribune News Service, Robert Lugar, son of Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), was arrested for possession of 1 1/4 ounces of marijuana after a deputy sheriff smelled marijuana smoke when he stopped Lugar for a routine traffic violation. Lugar pleaded not guilty to the drug charge and was released on $200 bond.
"Lugar should count his lucky stars that he's a U.S. senator's son," said Browne,"because he already has a 'Get Out of Jail Free' card. If he'd been anyone else's son, most likely his car would have been confiscated and he'd be facing a prison sentence."
"But being a Senator's son makes you part of the aristocracy," added Browne. "Just ask the sons of Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL) or Rod Grams (R-MN). Both have been arrested or detained for drug offenses and received virtually no punishment. In America we are supposedly all equal before the law, but some are more equal than others. And the worst part is that all three senators have been -- and continue to be --leading Drug Warriors."
Browne continued, "And even though George Bush and Al Gore, both ardent Drug Warriors, acknowledge or imply similar 'youthful indiscretions,' neither has indicated that he should have been sent to prison. Today's youth aren't allowed to 'experiment with marijuana' -- they're charged with felonies and sent to prison to serve mandatory sentences, voted for or approved by people with names like Lugar, Shelby, Grams, Gore, and Bush."
Harry Browne has his own version of a "Get Out of Jail Free" card, and you don't have to have a father with his hands in the Community Chest to obtain it. Stated Browne: "On my first day in office, from the inauguration podium, I will issue an unconditional pardon to every non-violent drug offender in federal prison -- those who've done no violence to anyone -- and make room for the real criminals who are terrorizing our cities."
[For more details on the Shelby and Grams cases see pages 100-101 of Harry Browne's latest book, The Great Libertarian Offer, available online at http://www.HBBooks.com.]
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