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Gov. Nixon Evades Questions About Jeff Mizanskey, Man Serving Life in Prison for Pot

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Gov. Jay Nixon
Governor Jay Nixon came to St. Louis on Friday for a ceremony celebrating the building of a dental school. And after the event, he finally addressed the topic of granting clemency to Jeff Mizanskey, the man who has been in prison for more than twenty years, serving a life without parole sentence for marijuana charges.

Well, maybe "addressed" is being a bit generous.

A reporter from KMOX (1120 AM) first brought up the Mizanskey case during a Q&A session after the ceremony. Referring to President Barack Obama's recent announcement that he will seek clemency for some nonviolent drug offenders serving excessive sentences in federal prison, the reporter asked Nixon about his views on doing something similar in Missouri. Here's a video of the exchange (apologies for the weird angle):

"Certainly the president is entitled to his opinion, but I'll keep my executive authority vis-à-vis the folks in our district -- that's something we do at the state level," Nixon says. "But we're constantly looking at areas where we can balance, shall we say, the scales of justice, but my sense is that we're busily engaged in the last three weeks of the legislative session on a number of things, but we'll go through our regular process and look through all petitions for clemency, as well as pardons."

- The whole story of Jeff Mizanskey: How a Missouri Man Could Die in Prison for Weed

Daily RFT then asked Nixon if he believes it is "just" for a person to serve a life without parole sentence for a nonviolent offense. Here's what he said:

"I think each case is separate, and we look at the entirety of their record and their cases, and we have a process in place to review all that," Nixon answered. "So I don't just pick a single act or occurrence out. We look at what the complete history is and we'll give all of these a full and thorough review."

Mizanskey, 61, is now serving his 21st year behind bars for being convicted of three marijuana felonies and charged as a "prior and persistent drug offender," -- a drug-specific three-strike law unique to Missouri. His third and most serious felony was for being involved in a buy for about six pounds of pot.

For more about Mizanskey's clemency efforts, click on the next page...


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32 comments
cassius22003
cassius22003

Nixon is a coward! He should have been thrown out of office after he divged Missouri citizen conceal and carry information to the Feds.Coward!

Pete Magliocco
Pete Magliocco

True, however 21 years is more than enough for a pot charge. If he screws up again, he'll go back to prison. Give the dude a shot, for crying out loud.

Brian Conley
Brian Conley

Actually, the man is in prison for multiple arrests for possesion and for intent to distribute. I don't believe he deserves life, but he is not innocent either. It's not like he got life for smoking a joint.

Andrew Russell
Andrew Russell

Biggest load of bullshit sentence ever, people have been given less for 1st degree murder.

Ricky Izland
Ricky Izland

don't believe everything you hear and read

Soozi Mikulas
Soozi Mikulas

Beyond ridiculous. Child molesters, rapists, & animal abusers aren't served this type of punishment. Makes no sense whatsoever.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

He's actually serving life for the 3 strikes law.

HughYonn
HughYonn

And all of the folks involved in this man's prosecution, defense, and clemency hearings are now involved in politics.

Hopefully, the voters will remove these lunatics from office.   These are crimes against humanity. 

Anytime in prison for marijuana is wrong.    Whether it's 20 years or 20 minutes...it is wrong.

Patti Woodard
Patti Woodard

They let out sex offenders and keep them lodged for pot. Sounds pathetic.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Missourians need to show this fake democrat the door.

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

He so full of shit as they all are! Tells you anything to get the monkey off his back! Another jerk worthless elected official!

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Let the guy out ...I am tired of feeding him.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. That's what I always say. 

Drum Mer M JZ
Drum Mer M JZ

Lmao it means ya ya maybe one day when we are bored we'll look at it

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

People from Desoto are hardcore religious conservatives that would wrather feed their kids pills and prepare them for the NAZI meth..

Jan Burrus
Jan Burrus

BS is what is said - still won't deal with this!!

eldonorr
eldonorr

how many times do you have to review the fact that a man was sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON for being a bit player in a 6 lb. marijuana case before you develop a sense of justice and exercise some MERCY for the poor man and his family?  The 3 strike program is an injustice in itself as people are being repeatedly punished for the same crime for which they've already done their time.

jcamp1238
jcamp1238

hi, this is such a great article

Mimi62
Mimi62

@dalediversity Don't you think 20 years is enough. They let a child molester out in less time. How often do you get behind a wheel after a few beers. Your committing a crime. Would you feel the same way if it was your family member. I don't think so. Your remarks are childish immature and just plain stupid. I think he has done the time for the crime.

Mimi62
Mimi62

@dalediversity Don't you think 20 years is enough. They let a child molester out in less time. How often do you get behind a wheel after a few beers. Your committing a crime. Would you feel the same way if it was your family member. I don't think so. Your remarks are childish immature and just plain stupid. I think he has done the time for the crime.


dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

@Mimi62 "You're" committing a crime. Not "Your". My family members don't commit crimes like selling drugs. 

bbrubaker2014
bbrubaker2014

@dalediversity @Mimi62 I do not use drugs NOR do I smoke Marijuana. I am a mother, raised 4 children AND grand mother of 5. You are a cold, thoughtless human being. People like YOU are the VERY REASON these Inhumane things ARE happening to NON-Violent people. I hope one day YOU face a situation that brings you to your knees & maybe JUST maybe THEN you will come to understand the difference between "humane" & "inhumane" 

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