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The Newest Allies for Pot Legalization: Conservatives

In an unlikely reversal of roles, key conservative Republicans are supporting state moves to legalize medical or recreational marijuana, while progressive Democrats are wary. That could trump hardcore opponents like AG Jeff Sessions, says an addiction specialist.

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Sex Workers Decry ‘Moral Panic’ Over Human Trafficking

As the campaign against sex trafficking grows into a $47 million cottage industry, it has also been spurring a “moral panic” that sex workers say makes them increasingly vulnerable to police abuse, and turns them into targets for those with religious or moral objections to prostitution.

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Sessions Backs Stronger DEA Role in Combating Opioid Crisis

The Attorney General tells a news conference that “effective enforcement” should be a priority for new legislation. He also announced a new DEA Division for the Appalachian region, and the appointment of Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s top advisers, to oversee White House initiatives to combat opioid abuse. 

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SC Killer Cop Cites Sessions’ Memory Lapses in Defense

Attorneys for former South Carolina cop Michael Slager, who faces sentencing next week for shooting a man who was running away from him, argue that Slager’s failure to recall details of the confrontation is akin to the Swiss cheese memory exhibited by Attorney General Jeff Sessions during testimony about the Trump campaign’s Russian contacts.

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Rosenstein: DOJ Goal ‘Not to Fill Prisons’

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein didn’t stray much from the Trump administration’s tough-on-crime rhetoric, but he described as “worthy” efforts to fight crime with “solutions … apart from prosecution and incarceration.”

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Federal Sentencing Reform Alive, Senators Insist

Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Mike Lee (R-UT) tell a conference sponsored by the conservative Charles Koch Institute that they are campaigning hard to pass an overhaul of federal sentencing laws. The Charles Koch Foundation released a four-volume report on “Reforming Criminal Justice” that is aimed at being accessible to policymakers and to the public.