Martin, D. (1995, September 13). A view from the underworld: Life after three strikes. Available: http://www. pacificnews. org/jinn/stories/columns/voices/950913- three-strikes.html Schafer, J.
Drugs = money = power This distinction may well seem obvious or even trivial, but it is in fact absolutely crucial. The general public, exposed as it has been to thousands upon thousands of these so-called "drug-related" events, accepts the current drug laws as if they were as natural as a blue sky or green grass. Year after year, politicians of every stripe, hoping to gain some cheap political mileage, call for tougher drug laws. That even a small portion of the polity believes tougher laws will solve such problems as addiction, crime or even the rising tide of gang violence is incredible. For never in the century or so that drugs have been outlawed has the public benefited in any way from tough drug laws.
Nowadays that fear seems more realistic than ever, given the hundreds of pending state lawsuits, secondhand smoke claims, class actions, and cases filed by individual smokers. The case started when two small-town Mississippi lawyers declared war on Tobacco Companies and skillfully pursued a daring new litigation strategy that ultimately brought the industry to the negotiating table. For forty years tobacco companies had won every lawsuit brought against them and never paid out a dime. In 1997 that all changed. The industry agreed to a historic deal to pay $368 billion in health-related damages and tear down billboard advertisements.
Clearance changed the lives of millions of people that were to poor afford proper counsel and changed history forever (Dudley 9-17). In Panama City Florida at Bay Harbor Poolroom 1961 a man by the name of Clearance Earl Gideon was arrested for robbery. Clearance knew he had no chance at proving his innocence due to his current financial statues, and previous criminal history. Gideon had been arrested twice before the poolroom for similar crimes, but released because evidence proved otherwise. On August 4 Gideon’s trial was held at the Circuit Court of Bay County (Dudley11-13).
The undervotes raised attention because the election was really close between Bush and Al Gore. Before the Florida’s Supreme Court ruling George W. Bush was ahead with 537 votes. After the order from the court to recount 42,000 undervotes Bush’s lead dropped to 193 votes. The Election of 2000 became the most controversial one is history because of the recounts. The nation was divided on whether the ballots should have been recounted.
Along with the media, the American public has changed their attitudes toward the tobacco industry. Recently, a jury of six men and women in Florida awarded $145 billion in punitive damages in a class-action lawsuit brought on by over 500,000 Florida residents. This is an unfathomably large amount of money. In fact, it is almost three times the national budget of South Korea. After learning of this outrageous verdict, I immediately questioned whether or not the tobacco industry should even be held responsible for the damaging effects and deaths caused by those who chose to smoke cigarettes.
Easily one of the most controversial elections in American history, the 2000 election has exposed vulnerability in the voting process. The election was back and forth, and some states were in debate over which candidate gets the electoral votes. The major state in this case is Florida to decide the election. Many issues arose in the Florida system, such as the unconstitutional ballot recount, the Supreme Courts stands on the situation, and the back and forth battle over the deadline for the ballot recount. The race in Florida was within a thousand votes for most of the race.
Article Review: Of Mobs and Machines: Remembering the 2000 Florida Recount in 2004 When I was a pimply, angst-filled 14-year-old, I watched the 2000 election with wide-eyed astonishment. I would have considered myself to be politically minded back then with an interest in the matter far greater than my peers. I understood how things worked—voting, the Electoral College, every bit of it—and I could see it all playing out in front of me as bits of the United States changed color from red to blue on the television. Shortly thereafter, however, there was a problem—Florida. Hanging chads and butterfly ballots took center-stage in a theatrical performance of epic proportions.
In this changing America, Len Bias’ scandalous death became national news and frightened parents everywhere. They were told his passing was a result of a one-time experimentation with cocaine. Democrats at the time new it was a big issue and decided to toughen their stance. Eric Sterling, who served as counsel to the House committee that drafted the ’86 law, recalled drug policy becoming “ the sole focus of legislative activity for the remainder of the session on both sides of the aisle.” Len Bias’ tragedy soon became the force behind every policy and press conference (EASLEY, 2011). Bias was a world class athlete with a clean record.
Call to Action Improve nations balloting but leave control to locals Author Unknown SUMMARY: A Call to Action is an article from the Houston Chronicle on Thursday, February 20, 2001 informing the nation on the controversial issue of the nations ballots system. The article begins with the announcement of next month’s Census Bureau release of the population’s data. This means that all the voting boundaries are going to be redrawn and reconfigured. It continues to talk about the amazingly close and controversial presidential election on November 7th. Difficulties erupted all over the state of Florida and throughout the United States in which the reliability and accuracy of the balloting system is questioned.