Man Serving Life in Prison for Pot Charge Won’t be Pardoned

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When Jeff Mizanskey was arrested for his part in a drug deal in 1993, he had no idea what he was in for. After all, he had been arrested for the possession and distribution of marijuana twice before. Once in 1984, and again in 1991. Both carried relatively light sentences compared to what he was facing. Though he didn’t know it at the time, he was about to become the latest victim of the drug war, as well as Missouri’s draconian “3 strikes” law.

Unbeknownst to him, the two men on the other half of the deal had been recently arrested, and agreed to sell out their “co-conspirators” in exchange for leniency. Mizanskey ended up with the short end of the stick, and due to his prior history was facing the longest sentence. The prosecutor offered him 25 years in prison if he pleaded guilty, but he refused. After losing the trial, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

All this for a man accused of a victimless crime, and no history of violence whatsoever. Mizanskey, who is now 61, has spent more than 20 years in prison. And what he has witnessed during this time really puts things in perspective. By his own count, he has seen over 200 rapists and murderers come and go (and sometimes come back again) from his cell block.

Now that times have changed, many have wondered why this man is still in prison. In fact, his supporters were hoping that he would finally have a chance to be released after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued 9 pardons last month, but Mizanskey’s name was not on the list. These pardons were all given to nonviolent offenders who had already served their time, some of which carried marijuana charges.

But for some reason, the Governor and the State of Missouri don’t appear to have any sympathy for Mizanskey. They can let murderers and rapists go on a regular basis, and they can pardon people who have already finished their prison sentences, but releasing a 61-year-old pothead and family man is simply out of the question.

What’s more infuriating, is the fact that the governor’s son was arrested for possession in 2011. As you can probably guess, all charges were dropped due to a “lack of evidence“. How convenient? There must have been something really special about that boy for him to be let off the hook.

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Clearly, he was the shining pillar of his community.

It’s time for the Federal Government to put an end to this asinine drug war. Not only is it a complete failure, but it is one of the most immoral and destructive wars we’ve ever waged. If you can imprison a man like Mizanskey, who by any reasonable ethical standard did nothing wrong, then what does that say about our country? Our politicians tell us that we are the leader of the free world, but thanks to the drug war the only thing we lead the world in, is incarceration rates.

That’s not freedom. That’s just plain evil. You can judge a nation by the types of people they decide throw in prison, and in this case, it’s obvious what kind of nation we’ve become: Petty, self-righteous, and tyrannical.

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  • moovova

    What did the dimwit not understand about “3 strikes, you’re out”?

    He’s where he deserves to be.

    • Smarty

      I guess you didn’t read his story. NO, he doesn’t deserve to have his life thrown away because of some POT, which is now legal all over the place anyway. Commies like YOU are the biggest problem we have in our once free country. Idiot….

      • moovova

        Uh…no, it’s not legal all over the place. Good thing you’re not an attorney.

        You should also be glad this guy is stuck in prison. He’ll never have the opportunity to bang your wife and create a kid that’s more of a dimwit than you.

        • Reverend Draco

          Being in prison, he may have the opportunity to bang your mother & create a kid that’s less of a dimwit than you, however.

      • No victim = no crime . The pretend courts prosecute pretend law

        • The justification in prosecuting victimless crimes seems to be the presumption that the victim is the state because a taxable transaction has occurred and the tax collector was not given his cut.

          • the state is a legal fiction and cannot be harmed, damaged or injured. But the tax angle is definitely a factor, all charging documents are securities instruments, commercial paper,,,,ie; PROFITS

    • Al

      That is just it. What kind of stupid law is that? Did someone die? Was money stolen? I don’t believe drug dealres are committing any crime, it’s not like they are forcing their product on anyone. This was Nixon’s way out of the vietnam crisis, he created another stup war, on a plant that as no harm to anyone. That is the real reason this law was passed.

    • Reverend Draco

      Maybe he, like many intelligent people, understands “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so” a bit better than your absolutist claptrap.

      Look – if self-determination is a concept beyond your limited self-awareness, just say so and move on, ok?

      Sometimes, jackboots are for wearing, not licking.

      • whitefeather

        Not only that Draco, if this cat would have had a gun during his arrest, he would have got the upgrade to a Federal Crime. Someone needs to explain the legitimacy of that to me….

    • Just some guy

      I’d rather my taxes weren’t waste on this. just a huge jobs program for a section of the population. There are too many laws and more all the time. The average person commits 3 felonies on a daily basis.

    • LibertyForAll

      right, he needs to be a burden on the tax payers for the rest of his life for cannabis because it’s SOOOO dangerous… /rolls_eyes

    • Rick Mage

      First of all, moron, the federal government’s War on Drugs is illegal, because it directly violates the Enumerated Powers section on the U.S. Constitution. The federal government only has two powers. The powers that we the people “allowed” them to have in the Enumerated Power section of the U.S. Constitution and to enforce the post Civil War human rights amendments. That is it. Now, look in the Enumerated Powers section of the U.S. Constitution and point to me where we the people gave the federal government permission to pass or enforce any kind of drug law. If you mention the Necessary & Proper Clause or the Supremacy Clause, I’m going to make you look really silly. Second, if you seriously don’t have a problem with a guy doing life in prison for smoking pot while convicted murderers and convicted rapists get out for “good behavior”, you are seriously screwed in the head. Ether way, you are part of the problem, not the solution. Quit being part of the problem.

  • Nexusfast123

    The US is exceptional….highest incarceration rate in the world and largest prison population.

  • Remote control, fully loaded cement trucks, about a dozen, for starters: pulverize the utility trailers in the parking lot with the shields, guns, batons,etc then eliminating slave cells as they pour cement thru admin buildings, entrances, exits, roads on the way, all concertine wire stretched to inoperable size/height, all communications jammed, OR:

    Do an executive letter after establishing your postal location and eliminating your corporate address: GET OUT OF PRISON CARD if you don’t have a victim: http://www.myprivateaudio.com/Estate_Executor-Executrix_Office_Letter-Revision-6.pdf Have your people call in the wording as you print it out with a BLUE ink pen, have the prison notary notarize the fact you are FRED FLINTSONE or whoever, then demand they release the surety as they have no authority from the Executor’s office of your Estate to hold the Estate / Person / Man…

    personally, i like the cement truck idea,loaded with various things that guys like to use in the woods, and felons like to use to join a gang.

  • Al

    what more evidence do we need? We have no government, what we have is a cartel of organized crime or organized crime Cabal “OCC”. They are loosing, the U.S. as defaulted on its payment, but you are not hearing about it. All bets are off! This judge is the criminal; hence the reason they call it the “Criminal Justice System”. Justice adminstered by crminals vs. Justice Criminal System.

  • Vote You Up

    Year the Virginia Supreme Court declared that prisoners were “slaves of the state”504: 1871
    Ruffin v. Commonwealth 62 Va. 1024 (1871).

  • Private Name

    Wow, I don’t actually like potheads and I’ve never used illegal drugs, but this is simply crazy. This guy is harmless and I feel really bad for him to have ad his ruined over the possesstion of a stupi plany. This country is NUTS. Jay Nixon is an ARSE sociopath to not pardon him.

  • Honey badger

    This type of behavior is acceptable from our government in our communist usa now. It’s nice to know that people who commit an actual crime like murder and rape get a slap on the hand where they should get a bullet to the head.

  • Kountry Bumpkin

    Keep in mind that while this man has spent 20 years in prison for pot obama released 36,000 illegals from prison for offenses ranging from drug distribution to over 100 in prison for murder while also declaring them a special class of citizen exempt from a lot of our basic laws.

  • MPTheGreek

    In other news obama admits to using and selling cocaine and Clinton didn’t inhale.