Author: Cameron Downer, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review
A Plea for Reform
On March 30, 2012, United States District Judge, John Gleeson, urged Attorney General Eric Holder to reform mandatory minimum sentences. In an opinion relating to the mandatory five-year sentence imposed on a low-level drug dealer, Judge Gleeson addressed the injustice that occurs when mandatory minimum sentences are applied to low-level drug offenders. In closing, the Judge stated that he had reason to believe that Eric Holder would be receptive to his request for reform. Judge Gleeson was right.