The Campaign For DA

1.02.2006

I Know I'm Right

The Star Telegram is running a story about the death of an ex-stripper who was associated with Jack Ruby, the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald. Her name was "Candy Barr" (good name) and this is an actual photo. That aside, I was stuck by this sentence in the story: "Her career was derailed in 1959 when she was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Dallas judge for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana." That was 47 years ago. Today, Possession of Marijuana under 2 ounces is a Class B misdemeanor and 99% of the time results in a probation and a fine. I wonder if 47 years from today the public will be equally shocked by reading a sentence of "Her career was derailed in 2006 when she was sentenced to 15 years in prison for possessing less than an ounce of methamphetamine." I bet they will.