The always outstanding TalkLeft points to a shocking outrage:
Miami’s last cocaine cowboy rode into the sunset last week.
Salvador Magluta, considered one of Miami’s most notorious narcotics dealers, was prosecuted in federal court for having witnesses murdered and for laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds. A federal judge then punished Magluta with a 205-year sentence. Magluta, 48, will live in prison till the day he dies.
But Magluta was never convicted of the homicides for which he was sentenced. A jury of his peers found Magluta not guilty of the murders, and guilty only of the nonviolent money-laundering charges — crimes that carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. The jury’s verdict notwithstanding, the judge decided that Magluta was responsible for the homicides and sentenced him accordingly.
It is not racheting up the rhetoric, nor is it baseless hyperbole to state that the “War on Drugs” is one of the greatest threats our nation has ever encountered.