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Everyone Talks About Britney Griner. Don't Forget This Guy!!

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robslob
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/american-teacher-sits-russian-jail-170048506.html

14 year sentence!!  For 1/2 oz. of weed.

 
Posted : July 29, 2022 2:15 pm
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cyclone88
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Yes, odd that there's talk of a prisoner swap for Griner & Whelan but no mention of Fogel.

 
Posted : July 29, 2022 4:03 pm
Rusty
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9 years according to CNN.  From my own personal standpoint - I don't think anybody anywhere should be sentenced for any amount of time over any amount of cannabis.  It's a freakin' plant put here by nature - has more practical uses than probably any other plant on the planet.  I honestly feel that cannabis should be available without penalty for everybody everywhere.

However - when you visit someone at their house ... their country - you really should behave according to their rules and laws.  I have a difficult time accepting that Britney was totally ignorant and unaware that these vape pens were in her luggage.  We've all (well, me at least) told an officer that "I've only had a couple ..." while knowing full well that I'd consumed most of an entire case (25 years ago since I sipped my last).  Anybody would feign ignorance to escape punishment.  Call it self-preservation if you want.  

As much as I pretty much HATE Donald Trump (mama said to never hate anybody) - I agree with him in PRINCIPLE that Britney tried to enter Russia while holding.  Swapping a known murderous enemy combatant for a an (attempted) smuggler doesn't seem like the kind of deal you could not refuse.  If you disagree with this pat of my statement, please reread my first paragraph.  

Lastly, I have no doubt that this is all about politics.  Britney is the current William Hayes ("Midnight Express") thanks to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and by our intolerance of that action.  I don't know exactly how many (any?) Russian products are available for purchase in the U.S., but I won't be buying any of 'em.  

I wish for peace for Britney.  I wish for a change of heart by the Russians.  Surely it'll cost more to house, clothe and feed her than a box of vape cartridges are worth.

Sometimes it occurs to me that this would be a better planet without our leaders.  All of 'em.

 

Peace.

"R"

 
Posted : August 4, 2022 4:09 pm
Stephen
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I have no doubt that this is all about politics.  Britney is the current William Hayes ("Midnight Express") thanks to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and by our intolerance of that action. 

No doubt about it - they're looking for a 9 1/2 year jail sentence, from what I've read

 
Posted : August 4, 2022 7:19 pm
Stephen
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She gets nine years after being arrested for a negligible amount of cannabis oil at a Russian airport -

another basketball player, Iman Shumpert, was recently busted with 6 oz. of reefer at a USA airport-

there should be a mad outcry when he is sentenced - it won't be 9 years obviously - guessing a fine & probation - it should be a real flashpoint, showing how criminal it is what's happening to Brittney Griner

 

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Posted : August 5, 2022 7:29 pm
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