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NCJ Number: 121832 Find in a Library
Title: Kid Who Sold Crack to the President
Journal: Washington City Paper  Volume:9  Issue:50  Dated:(December 15-20, 1989)  Pages:28-33
Author(s): J Morley
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The touted presidential drug policy of "zero tolerance" was applied to Keith Jackson, the young black man set up for a crack arrest in Lafayette Park to give President Bush a prop for his speech on September 5, 1989, but it was ignored in the lenient handling of significant drug traffickers who had been paid CIA informants.
Abstract: As an illustration of the seriousness of the Nation's drug problem, President Bush held up 3 ounces of crack seized in a DEA drug buy in a park across from the White House. The buy was arranged precisely for the purpose of providing a prop for the President's speech. Stanley Sporkin, the judge in the case, refused to set bail for Keith Jackson, labeling him a threat to the community. This is the same Stanley Sporkin who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency in the mid-1980's and implemented the executive branch policy of protecting selected drug entrepreneurs who were paid CIA informants. Two such entrepreneurs, A.J. Maillis and Guillermo Tabraue, were released and received a plea bargain deal to a significantly lesser charge. The executive branch of the Federal Government enforces its zero tolerance for drug trafficking only when the persons involved have no political influence.
Main Term(s): Prosecutorial discretion
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Political influences
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