Hon. Timothy Lewis Quoted Regarding U.S. AG Eric Holder’s Federal Sentencing Policy ChangesOn September 18, 2013 by Schnader in Litigation
On August 12, 2013, the Associated Press published “Holder Goes After Mandatory Federal Drug Sentences“, which detailed United States Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of changes in federal sentencing policies targeting long mandatory terms.
In this article, Hon. Timothy K. Lewis was quoted about a situation he faced while a federal judge. He explained that he once had to sentence a 19-year-old to 10 years in prison for conspiracy for being in a car where drugs were found. Judge Lewis, a former prosecutor, said the teen, who was African-American, was on course to be the first person in his family to go to college. Instead, Judge Lewis had to send him to prison as the teen turned and screamed for his mother.”I am just glad that someone finally has the guts to stand up and do something about what is a pervasively racist policy,” said Judge Lewis.
The AP article was published by several media outlets.
On September 18, 2013, MSNBC reported in their article “Presumed guilty: Libertarians join liberals to fight ‘unjust’ mandatory minimums” that Senator Rand Paul used Judge Lewis’ story as an example of mandatory minimum sentencing disproportionately affecting “blacks, Hispanics and others who often don’t have the financial means to fight back.”