The Ordeal of Lawrence and Lamont Garrison: A Sad Tale of Unfair Federal Drug Conspiracy Laws
Date:  10-09-2019

Quantity of drugs involved, not individual’s involvement, results in harsh and disproportionate sentences
From The Sentencing Project:

Identical twins Lawrence and Lamont Garrison were inseparable. In elementary school, one would rush to the other’s classroom and wait until he was dismissed. Living in the same Washington, D.C. house that their mother and grandmother had grown up in, they attended Howard University together. Both worked part time to help pay their tuition – Lamont for the Department of Justice, and Lawrence for the Department of Energy. Good students and aspiring lawyers, the twins graduated together in May 1998.

A month before their graduation, the police came to the door one night and arrested Lawrence and Lamont. They were charged with conspiracy as part of a 20-person powder and crack cocaine operation, implicated by a target of the investigation, the owner of a Maryland auto body shop.

My boys never missed a day in school, they never stayed out all night and then one night the police knocked on the door and said they were drug dealers,” recalled the twins’ mother, Karen Garrison. In court, they maintained their innocence and would not accept a plea bargain. Although no drugs, paraphernalia or drug money were found in their house or on their person, they were separately convicted of conspiracy to distribute powder and crack cocaine. Continue reading >>>