A recent report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission indicates that black men serve longer sentences than white men convicted of the same crimes. The commission is an independent and bipartisan agency of the judicial branch of the federal government. It is tasked with issuing sentencing guidelines and monitoring how closely these guidelines are followed by federal judges in New York and across the country.
Several alleged members or associates of New York's Gambino and Bonanno mafia families have been arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine from a gelato shop and other crimes, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed on Nov. 9. The arrests were the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation into the crime organization.
New York residents may be interested to learn that, on Sept. 30, it was reported that Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, was accused of laundering more than $18 million by placing the funds in offshore accounts. It was believed that he used these funds to purchase numerous multi-million dollar properties and other luxury goods and services.
When you face drug charges, you are already aware of possible jail time, high fines, a criminal record and other legal consequences. Perhaps these do not even bother you that much, or you do not see the point in trying to fight a likely conviction.
Criminal case defendants in New York may be more likely to be offered favorable plea deals if they are white. A study of over 30,000 misdemeanors in Wisconsin found that white defendants had more than a 70 percent higher chance of being offered a dismissal, reduction or dropping of charges than black defendants.