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Initial Hurwitz Prosecutor Resigns from DOJ #2 Post

good riddance to Paul McNulty!!!!! One of the big news stories today was the resignation of Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty as part of the US Attorneys firings scandal. I commented on the possibility of a McNulty firing on March 20th here in the Speakeasy, pointing out his history as the prosecutor who initiated charges against pain physician Dr. William Hurwitz, got the DEA's pain FAQ pulled to influence the trial, as well as his role in getting parole abolished in the state of Virginia. McNulty was present last month when the new Hurwitz verdicts -- more limited than the original, though still negative -- were read. Good riddance to Paul McNulty. May this mark an end to his evil works once and for all.
Location: 
Washington, DC
United States

DRCNet Member Offer: The Trebach Trilogy

Update to original offer: Trebach has agreed to sign all copies of his books that you get from DRCNet! Also, add just $22 or more to your donation to get a copy of Lies, Damn Lies, and Drug War Statistics too! (Make a note in the comment box to let us know you're requesting this.)

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Arnold Trebach at 2003 press conference on which DRCNet collaborated
We are pleased to announce that our latest premium book offer for members is the "Trebach Trilogy" -- two re-released classics by Arnold Trebach -- a long-time friend of DRCNet, founder of the Drug Policy Foundation and known to reform cognoscenti as the father of the modern drug policy reform movement -- and one newly-minted volume:

  • The Heroin Solution: "A blockbuster," says Publishers Weekly. "Eloquent and persuasive," according to The New York Times.
  • The Great Drug War, and Rational Proposals to Turn the Tide: Two decades ago, in what was a heartfelt indictment of the Reagan-era war on drugs, Trebach identified and brought to vivid life all sorts of abuses derived from the effort to enforce drug prohibition and began to elaborate a strategy for escaping from drug war and achieving "drug peace." (Drug War Chronicle)
  • Fatal Distraction: The War on Drugs in the Age of Islamic Terror: [T]he distillation of a life's work in the trenches of drug law reform... a book grizzled reformers and bright-eyed newcomers to the cause alike will want to read and absorb. (Drug War Chronicle)

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Read Chronicle editor Phil Smith's review of The Great Drug War here, and Phil's review of Fatal Distraction here, and Phil's review of The Heroin Solution here.

In the opium capital of the world, very late lessons in drug enforcement

Location: 
Kabul
Afghanistan
Publication/Source: 
International Herald Tribune (France)
URL: 
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/05/15/asia/opium.php

Opening statements set for today in the retrial of marijuana advocate Ed Rosenthal

Location: 
San Francisco, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
KSBY 6 (CA)
URL: 
http://www.ksby.com/Global/story.asp?S=6516392

Mexican drug gangs target military as president tries to regain territory lost to cartels

Location: 
Apatzingan
Mexico
Publication/Source: 
Boston Herald
URL: 
http://news.bostonherald.com/international/americas/view.bg?articleid=1001229

Hempfest marches onward

Location: 
OH
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Lantern (OH)
URL: 
http://media.www.thelantern.com/media/storage/paper333/news/2007/05/14/Campus/Hempfest.Marches.Onward-2903077.shtml

Europe unites against cannabis in Istanbul

Location: 
Istanbul
Turkey
Publication/Source: 
Turkish Daily News (Turkey)
URL: 
http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=72942

State Assembly approves hemp farming bill

Location: 
Sacramento, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Napa Valley Register (CA)
URL: 
http://www.napavalleyregister.com/articles/2007/05/11/news/national/doc464403f1d635a764646808.txt

Book Forum: Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the ONDCP

Each year the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) publishes a report called The National Drug Control Strategy. Those reports are supposed to provide information about trends in drug use and assess federal programs that are aimed at reducing the supply of and demand for illegal drugs. Policymakers rely on that information in making budget decisions and holding executive branch agencies accountable. Matthew B. Robinson and Renee G. Scherlen conducted an independent review of those reports, and their research found numerous instances in which information was distorted to justify continuing the war on drugs. Join us for a discussion of the use and abuse of statistics and of policy recommendations for changing the federal approach to problems associated with drug use. The event features the authors Matthew B. Robinson, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Appalachian State University and Renee G. Scherlen, Associate Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University, as well as Dr. David Murray, Senior Policy Analyst for ONDCP. It will be moderated by Timothy Lynch, Director of the Project on Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute. To register, see http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=3807, call (202) 789-5229 by 12:00 noon, Wednesday, May 30, 2007. Please arrive early. Seating is limited and not guaranteed. News media inquiries only (no registrations), please call (202) 789-5200. A luncheon follows the event.
Date: 
Thu, 05/31/2007 - 12:00pm
Location: 
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
United States

Border Violence Concerns State Officials

Location: 
NM
United States
Publication/Source: 
News 92.3 KTAR (AZ)
URL: 
http://ktar.com/?nid=6&sid=476540

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