Sunday, September 19, 2004
W.D. Va. prosecution of drug cases that result in death
Related to the earlier Len Bias post, the Roanoke paper has this article ("More cases fall under drug law," 9/19/04) that says: "Prosecutors in the Western District of Virginia have been making increasing use of a federal law that says if defendants are convicted of distribution of drugs that leads to death or serious bodily injury, they face a mandatory prison sentence of 20 years to life. The law was passed in 1986, in the wake of the cocaine overdose death of University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias."