Obama Pardons Deval Patrick’s Crack Dealer Cousin

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

Of course the Massachusetts governor claims he had nothing to do with any of this. Never even met the guy or something.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s convicted drug dealer cousin was among eight people whose hefty sentences were commuted yesterday by President Obama, who cited a disparity in penalties for crack cocaine.

Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr., 39, is serving a life sentence for drug trafficking and has been imprisoned since 1994.

Patrick’s office said in a statement: “Mr. Wintersmith is the Governor’s first cousin. The Governor has no recollection of meeting Mr. Wintersmith (they are quite far apart in age), and believes that if they did meet it would have been when Mr. Wintersmith was a small boy. The Governor was not involved in any application for a commutation of Mr. Wintersmith’s sentence, and only learned of the commutation through today’s media reports.

Sure, he just read about it in the papers. So about never having met the guy:

Advocates pushing Wintersmith’s release emphasized that he was raised in a home where most of his family was using or dealing drugs. Both of his parents were drug addicts, and he said he found his mother dead from a heroin overdose when he was 11.

“I was raised in a crack and prostitution house where adult family members taught me how to cook, package and sell cocaine,” Wintersmith wrote on the ACLU post. “My childhood does not excuse my crime. It only explains the road I have traveled.”

Wintersmith’s father and Patrick’s mother are siblings and, while Patrick was growing up on the South Side of Chicago, they all lived under the same roof.


One Response to “Obama Pardons Deval Patrick’s Crack Dealer Cousin”

  1. Aidan on 20/20/13 at 1:27 pm

    1) Not that it matters at all, but Patrick was 18 when Wintersmith was born so it is entirely conceivable that he lived under the same roof as his father “while [he] was growing up” without having met Wintersmith.

    2) I suggest you read this article: https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/i-will-die-here-unless-president-obama-helps

    It’s a horrifying story and anyone who is concerned about big government should be sickened that someone could be condemned to die in prison for a first-time, non-violent offense committed at age 19 when the judge who sentenced him and subsequent decisions by Congress, the DOJ, and the Supreme Court have all declared the sentence too harsh. If you are arguing that this man should remain in prison for the rest of his life simply because he is Deval Patrick’s cousin, you are arguing against both the federal judge who sentenced him and the prosecutor’s office. I would be interested to hear your case for why they are wrong and you are right.

    Merry Christmas.