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DRUG WAR: Lilo’s arrest highlights futility of drug prosecution

Letter by John S. Mills, Tacoma on Sep. 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm | 21 Comments »
September 24, 2010 5:36 pm

Could any spectacle encapsulate the futility, stupidity and cost of the drug war better than Lindsay Lohan’s recent jail sentencing?

Countless column inches of print and hours of video media will be wasted showing Lilo being cuffed and following every detail of her being jailed. An expensive courtroom, judge, judicial assistant, many lawyers, prosecutors and police have all been squandering hours of valuable time and tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars simply because she peed some cocaine.

And now, the taxpayers will pay to have her cooped up, watched by jailers and fed for a month.

Yes, her movies are vapid and silly. But jailing her for a few weeks or months won’t stop production; nor will it keep her from entertaining paparazzi at posh clubs. So, really there is no point to all this.

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