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Chance for Equity

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking Commentary

October 5, 2010

by Perry Redd

I want to see how blind justice really is.  This is an opportunity for you to work with me in ensuring that whites and blacks are treated equal, that rich and poor are treated equal.  What am I talking about?

A veteran CBS Radio News correspondent was arrested early Saturday on drug charges after police searched his Northwest Washington home and found marijuana plants growing in his yard.  Officers arrested 60 year old Howard Arenstein and his wife, Orly Katz, 57, at their home in the 3500 block of T Street and charged them with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, police.

Now, this well-to-do couple living in an exclusive, upscale D.C. community—got snitched on—and is now facing among the most major of drug charges.  What do you think will happen in this prosecution?  Will they get hard time or will they get probation?  Will it get dismissed?  What I know is that they both will prison…given these same circumstances, most black folk wouldn’t.

According to his biography on CBS News’s Web site, Arenstein’s wife, known professionally as Orly Azoulay, is a Washington correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth, one of Israel’s most widely circulated newspapers. So, she’s surely a pro-Israel/anti-Palestinian Zionist which will gain them great favor with the U.S. attorney’s office.

And you know I wondered what the police were doing in their house?  Police executed a search warrant at the home Saturday after a tip from an area resident, police said. A police report said cannabis was recovered from the home; officers said they found 11 full-grown marijuana plants and six 2-ounce bags of marijuana. Authorities consider each plant to equal a pound of marijuana.  When it’s bagged, the Feds interpret that as “for sale.”  In other words, they’re in trouble!

Whatever the case, let us wait and see if racial equality comes into play.  Let’s see if they get sentences like David Brian Veatch, now serving a 10-year federal mandatory minimum sentence for growing marijuana, or Weldon Angelos who is serving 55 years for selling marijuana three times while possessing or being in the presence of a weapon (though he never showed or used the gun). 

I’m not even going to get into whether marijuana possession should be legalized, but I know there are greater crimes to be pursued—but they aren’t going to pursue ‘em.  So, since they’re not, I want to see if the government will pursue justice equitably.  Chances are, they won’t.

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