Samuel Alito on Drugs
Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. George W. Bush 2005)
The Pitt News is distributed free to the university’s 25,000 students, two thirds of whom are old enough to drink alcohol. All the paper’s revenues come from advertising, much of it from alcoholic-beverage ads. The law cost the paper $17,000 in one year, which caused the paper to shrink in size and to postpone the purchase of digital cameras and improved computers.
Alito’s court opinion held that the law was an impermissible restriction on commercial speech, discouraging a form of speech because of its content. He said there was no reasonable connection between the speech restriction and the Pennsylvania government’s asserted reason for it-preventing underage drinking.
The defendant entered into an agreement with the prosecution to plead guilty to crack cocaine possession. Following this plea, the sentencing guidelines federal judges must consider when they impose prison terms were retroactively revised to lower the prison time required in crimes involving cocaine base [crack cocaine], which were higher than those for powder cocaine. The law permitted defendants who were sentenced based upon the old guideline to seek the lower prison sentence if the guideline was revised downward.
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