November 5, 2013 |
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted Tuesday that he has smoked crack cocaine "in one of my drunken stupors," six months after reports of a video depicting him puffing on a crack pipe. At an impromptu news conference on the steps of City Hall, Ford admitted the illegal substance use but denied he was an addict. Ford confronted the mass of reporters outside his office with another claim that he has never seen the purported video but called on the press to again pose the question it had asked him in May, after reports of the crack-smoking incident first circulated.
February 4, 2013 |
"Drugs had destroyed my body and my mind and my spirit. I could no longer experience happiness or surprise. I couldn't remember the last time I felt spontaneous joy. Why was I even alive?" Josh Hamilton in his autobiography, "Beyond Belief" WESTLAKE, Texas -- It was 2 a.m. when Josh Hamilton, strung out on crack cocaine, his once-robust 6-foot-4, 230-pound body withered to 180 pounds, most of his $3.96-million signing bonus squandered on booze and drugs, staggered up the steps to his grandmother's house in Raleigh, N.C. Homeless, dirty and barely coherent, Hamilton was a few days removed from a suicide attempt -- an overdose of pills -- and in the fourth year of a harrowing drug addiction that caused the former can't-miss prospect to be banned from baseball for three full seasons.
November 7, 2012 |
Brien Taylor, who was the first overall pick of the 1991 MLB draft by the New York Yankees, has been sentenced to 38 months in prison in New Bern, N.C., after pleading guilty in August to distributing crack cocaine. Taylor, 40, told U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan that he was sorry for causing so much pain to his family and his five daughters. Taylor was arrested as part of a sting in March after undercover narcotics agents bought a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from him. Taylor will also have three years of supervised release after his prison term.
June 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court threw a lifeline to thousands of convicted cocaine dealers who were on the edge of what the justices called a sentencing cliff. In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the Fair Sentencing Act, which relaxed mandatory prison sentences for crack cocaine dealers, covers people who were charged but not yet sentenced when the act became law in 2010. One of the few times recently when Congress has shortened rather than lengthened sentences, the act passed with bipartisan support to eliminate a stark disparity between the required sentences for powder cocaine sellers, who are often white, and those who sell crack cocaine, who are disproportionally black.
April 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A Justice Department lawyer warned the Supreme Court on Tuesday there may be thousands of crack cocaine defendants sentenced to long prison terms under a law that Congress repealed two years ago as racially biased and unfair. Deputy Solicitor Gen. Michael Dreeben urged the court to tell sentencing judges to use the new law, not the discredited old one, when setting prison terms for those convicted of crack offenses but not yet sentenced when the law was passed. But by the end of an hourlong argument, it was not clear the Supreme Court would heed the request.
April 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — Nearly two years ago, President Obama signed into law a "fair sentencing" act to reduce the long prison terms meted out to people who were caught with small amounts of crack cocaine. But the law did not make clear whether it should apply to cases that were pending when the measure was signed. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether the lighter sentences apply to hundreds of cases in the pipeline when the law was signed on Aug. 3, 2010. The issue is complicated because the Justice Department and Atty.