Pubdate: Fri, 28 Mar 2008
Source: Springfield News-Leader (MO)
Copyright: 2008 The Springfield News-Leader
Author: Ralph Givens


Clarence Page altered a critical part of "The Wire's" article opposing
drug prohibition. People who want to nullify drug laws should not "let
the lawyers and judges know up front that you're not going to send
nonviolent drug offenders to jail." Those who do will be excluded from
jury duty and will not be able to "nullify" anything.

The creators of "The Wire" never advised anyone to warn the court of
their intentions because they know such people will be kicked out of
the jury pool. The idea is to get on drug juries and make it
impossible to get convictions the same way jurors refused to uphold
the Fugitive Slave Act before the War Between The States.

The drug war is morally wrong and citizens should do their part in
stopping it.

Ralph Givens

Daly City, Calif.
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