Newsbrief: Rockefeller Kin Arrested in Rockefeller Law Protest 11/1/02

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A granddaughter of Rockefeller drug law creator former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller was one of 11 people arrested Wednesday in a protest outside the Manhattan office of Gov. George Pataki. Mayla Rockefeller was among those led away in handcuffs. Also arrested were state Sens. David A. Paterson and Tom Duane. The group was charged with disorderly conduct for holding hands in a line in front of the entrance to the midtown Manhattan office, the Associated Press reported.

The protest was part of an ongoing series of actions organized by the Drop the Rock coalition (http://www.droptherock.org) outside Pataki's office each Wednesday this month as part of its effort to put pressure on candidates during the election season. Drop the Rock is leading a campaign for repeal of the Rockefeller laws, which have resulted in thousands of New Yorkers being sent to state prison on harsh mandatory minimum sentences.

Drop the Rock brushed aside a plea from Pataki this summer to embrace his half-hearted Rockefeller reform proposals. Both Pataki and Democratic challenger Carl McCall favor varying reform measures, while wealthy Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano and the state Marijuana Reform Party and Libertarian Party have joined Drop the Rock in calling for their outright repeal.

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