Pubdate: Sat, 01 Nov 2003
Source: Dallas Morning News (TX)
Copyright: 2003 The Dallas Morning News
Author: Suzanne Wills


Re: "DWI appeal is rejected for Tulia prosecutor," Oct. 23 news story.

The case of Swisher County District Attorney Terry McEachern illustrates 
how convoluted and counterproductive our drug laws have become. Mr. 
McEachern participated in the infamous Tulia drug sting. Thirty-eight 
people were falsely accused of selling small amounts of an illegal drug to 
an adult. No danger to anyone was even alleged. The accused were sentenced 
to long prison terms.

Last spring Mr. McEachern drove to Ruidoso, N.M., had three drinks with his 
dinner, took two Valiums, got in his Jeep and headed for Texas. A 
frightened family in another car called 911 on their cellphone. For using 
legal drugs and endangering everyone else on the road, Mr. McEachern was 
fined $300 and sentenced to two days in jail.

Where is the sanity in these sentences?

Suzanne Wills, Drug Policy Forum of Texas, Dallas
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