drug war!!!! and Chris Thrasher

drug war!!!! and Chris Thrasher

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justice4u

Springfield, SC

#1 Sep 12, 2012
Hey,

I just heard on radio that Chris Thrasher got 17 years and has to spend it DAY for DAY. DA Randy York said this was the longest sentence for Drugs in Overton County History!

This got me to thinking about Doug Clark and his deal 10 year probation plus several hundred thousand dollars.

Does anyone else feel there is something wrong with this picture? Chris sold 5 pills and Mr Clark sold thousands of pills. Both were in a school zone. Some of Mr Clarks were actually in school hours. Chris Thrashers sale took place at 8:00pm in the summertime.

I am a concerned citizen and are by no means saying selling drugs is ok but comon shouldnt be a way for this to be a little more fair? Should we end the drug war? What do you think? Whats the anwser?
Are you kidding

Livingston, TN

#2 Sep 12, 2012
No we shouldn't end the war on drugs. Do you think his running had anything to do with the day for day sentence he got? I don't care what we have to do, but the should get max sentences and have to serve them day for day. I don't care if that means they sold 5 pills or 20 in a school zone they should get the whole 17 years. Dumby knew it was a school zone ya know he did. School zone or not they need to make stiffer punishments for all of the freaking druggies and dealers.
who knows

Nashville, TN

#3 Sep 12, 2012
Clark got his sentence because of who he was and so did Chris. Chris's brother-in-law is not a judge, or maybe if he had threatened to snitched on some of the more well to do people in our little town it might not have even went to court, most would be surprised at some of the people he has sold drugs to.
Bill Clinton

Byrdstown, TN

#4 Sep 12, 2012
This has gone on for years and is sad for everyone. Even though I think the sentence is long I do not know the details of how long or how often he has had this problem. We cry when we don't take action and we cry when they do. We need terms in prison like a book stating what your sentence is with the conviction. Example: you rob a store with a knife and hurt not one, term 3 years. Example: you rob a store with a gun and shoot and not kill someone 8 years. We all follow the rules and you know what you get.
justice4u

Springfield, SC

#5 Sep 12, 2012
Are you kidding wrote:
No we shouldn't end the war on drugs. Do you think his running had anything to do with the day for day sentence he got? I don't care what we have to do, but the should get max sentences and have to serve them day for day. I don't care if that means they sold 5 pills or 20 in a school zone they should get the whole 17 years. Dumby knew it was a school zone ya know he did. School zone or not they need to make stiffer punishments for all of the freaking druggies and dealers.
The US spends 100 billion dollars a year on the War on Drugs. Do you really believe it causes enough deterrence to warrant the money spent? The current strategy of stopping the supply sure doesnt seem to be working. Its just like teeth on a shark take one and another rolls right in place.

You didnt even address Mr. Clark,(who was a pharmacist) sold thousands of pills and got 10 year probation. His pharmacy was right across the road from the school. He arguably has sold more drugs illegally than everyone in the jail combined. Also, I was wrong Mr. Thrasher sold 6 pills instead of 5 (my mistake).

Im not saying what Mr Thrasher done was ok but my gosh how can this be any form of justice when one man sells 6 pills and another sells thousands and gets no time while the one who sells 6 has to do 17 years day for day?##!!

It would seem that the money Mr Clark had to forfet is the justice. I doubt anyone else could have afforded that kind of money and im pretty sure they had not sold anywhere near the amount drugs Mr. Clark had.
Willow Grove

Cookeville, TN

#6 Sep 12, 2012
Clark plead guilty and accepted his sentence. Thrasher denied guilt on two different jury trials. The first was a miss trial got him to plea to a 11 month sentence. The second trial got him a second degree offender after a cocaine charge back years ago. He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to what the law requires. He rolled the dice and lost!
justice4u

Springfield, SC

#7 Sep 12, 2012
Are you kidding wrote:
No we shouldn't end the war on drugs. Do you think his running had anything to do with the day for day sentence he got? I don't care what we have to do, but the should get max sentences and have to serve them day for day. I don't care if that means they sold 5 pills or 20 in a school zone they should get the whole 17 years. Dumby knew it was a school zone ya know he did. School zone or not they need to make stiffer punishments for all of the freaking druggies and dealers.
Oh yeah, I heard that the 17 years was for the the drug crime only. He is supposed to be in court again and get additional time for running.

Here is another point, I dont beleive they can lock up everyone up can they? If everyone in the criminal justice system balked and did not take the glorious "plea" deal and demanded their Constituional right of trial by a jury of their peeers it couldnt happen. The justice system would come to a stop. Most people in Overton County jail are there for theft and drugs. I wonder how many of the thefts are directly related to drugs? What do you thi nk?
justice4u

Springfield, SC

#8 Sep 12, 2012
Willow Grove wrote:
Clark plead guilty and accepted his sentence. Thrasher denied guilt on two different jury trials. The first was a miss trial got him to plea to a 11 month sentence. The second trial got him a second degree offender after a cocaine charge back years ago. He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to what the law requires. He rolled the dice and lost!
I agree Mr. Clark did plead guilty AFTER He paid a Mr. James A.H. Bell out of Knoxville a cool $250,000 (who is one of the finest attorneys in Knoxville) to negotiate a deal with the DA to his liking.(I also believe Mr. Clark got on TV and DENIED his guilt before his plea deal.)

Mr. Thrasher was indeed found guilty and his sentence was mitigated because of the "school zone" which again was in the summertime at 8 o'clock at night. Mr. Clark arguably sold thousands of pills right out his pharmacy which im sure was while school was in session and children actually there.

Money=Justice Do you agree?
Are you kidding

Livingston, TN

#9 Sep 12, 2012
Everyone wants to complain when someone gets in trouble no one ever wants to accept responsibility for their actions. I said I don't care what they sold they should get the same. I don't like how Clark got off, but I did't have anything to do wit that stupid decission either. There is always one of you drug dealing defenders on here spewing crap about this or that. What good would ending the war on drugs do? Nothing absolutely nothing. So longer sentences are needed and each time you get convicted they should get longer and longer. What's your suggestion bright balls?
money talks

United States

#10 Sep 12, 2012
bullshit walks -
Im surprised people dont ever know this!
justice4u

Springfield, SC

#11 Sep 12, 2012
Are you kidding wrote:
Everyone wants to complain when someone gets in trouble no one ever wants to accept responsibility for their actions. I said I don't care what they sold they should get the same. I don't like how Clark got off, but I did't have anything to do wit that stupid decission either. There is always one of you drug dealing defenders on here spewing crap about this or that. What good would ending the war on drugs do? Nothing absolutely nothing. So longer sentences are needed and each time you get convicted they should get longer and longer. What's your suggestion bright balls?
Well for starters Im not defending Mr Thrasher, using and selling drugs is a big problem in our society from the small rural areas to the large cities. It causes devestation of all kinds. Unfortuately, I do not believe it can be "won", only treated.

We even have a model to go by "Prohibition". Alcohol is still the most widely abused drug today yet its not even talked about. Legalization and tax it. The longer we stray from this "treatment" the worse its going to get. You have to take the incentive out it, mainly the money.

It would be safe to say that there would be no sellers of drugs if there were no users wanting them? Right? The state would have to step up and become the only seller because they could sell it cheaper than anyone. With this system in place no "drug dealers" (except for state) could survive. The users could get there drug from the state at a high tax rate but the money they spend would actually be used to help treat their end as well through treatment centers and such. What do you think?
ticked off

United States

#12 Sep 12, 2012
Are you kidding wrote:
Everyone wants to complain when someone gets in trouble no one ever wants to accept responsibility for their actions. I said I don't care what they sold they should get the same. I don't like how Clark got off, but I did't have anything to do wit that stupid decission either. There is always one of you drug dealing defenders on here spewing crap about this or that. What good would ending the war on drugs do? Nothing absolutely nothing. So longer sentences are needed and each time you get convicted they should get longer and longer. What's your suggestion bright balls?
Where ru gonna put em?Prisons and jails r overcrowded now.guess you and I the taxpayers will build more prisons 4 them.
justice4u

Springfield, SC

#13 Sep 12, 2012
money talks wrote:
bullshit walks -
Im surprised people dont ever know this!
Oh we do know this thats the problem!
Are you kidding

Livingston, TN

#14 Sep 12, 2012
We wouldn't have that problem if we took a page from Arizona. Let them sleep in tents men wear pink, women wear orange and grow their own food. Cutting out their T.V. wouldn't hurt either. The lame brain who thought they deserved to have that should have to pay for it out of pocket. Jail is supposed to be punishment for your crimes not a home, food, and entertainment you don't have to pay for. The idea you can let everyone walk and that eventually no one would ever offend again doesn't work. The government could step in, but well that would never happen. They have been trying to push that logic for pot for years and it never goes and pot is the least likely drug to hurt you if its pure.
hmmm

Bothell, WA

#15 Sep 12, 2012
Drugs should be legal IMO.
They are illegal now, has that stopped anyone from using them?
People make money of having people in prison.
It's sad but true.

Sentencing Thrasher for 17 and Doug Clark to probation is pathetic. No pretense to being fair.
blue

Livingston, TN

#16 Sep 12, 2012
john officer is/was married to doug clark's sister... does that explalin everything?
Tandy

Cookeville, TN

#17 Sep 12, 2012
hmmm wrote:
Drugs should be legal IMO.
They are illegal now, has that stopped anyone from using them?
People make money of having people in prison.
It's sad but true.
Sentencing Thrasher for 17 and Doug Clark to probation is pathetic. No pretense to being fair.
Who cares, he will be in Prison a very very long time. He will come out of prison walking like he had made a movie of Broke back Mountain crossed with Groundhogs Day. He can then change his name to George Sore-us.
hmmm

Bothell, WA

#18 Sep 12, 2012
blue wrote:
john officer is/was married to doug clark's sister... does that explalin everything?
was john officer the judge?
So wrong

Nashville, TN

#19 Sep 13, 2012
who knows wrote:
Clark got his sentence because of who he was and so did Chris. Chris's brother-in-law is not a judge, or maybe if he had threatened to snitched on some of the more well to do people in our little town it might not have even went to court, most would be surprised at some of the people he has sold drugs to.
Not correct
So wrong

Nashville, TN

#20 Sep 13, 2012
Willow Grove wrote:
Clark plead guilty and accepted his sentence. Thrasher denied guilt on two different jury trials. The first was a miss trial got him to plea to a 11 month sentence. The second trial got him a second degree offender after a cocaine charge back years ago. He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to what the law requires. He rolled the dice and lost!
This is correct.

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