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80-Year-Old Shot & Killed During Failed Drug Raid

On June 27, 2013, 80-year-old Eugene Mallory’s life was brought to a tragic end when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies searched for drugs in his home. The elderly man died after being shot six times in his bed by Sgt. John Bones’ MP-5 9mm submachine gun.

Detective Patrick Hobbs ordered the raid because he claimed he smelled “the strong odor of chemicals” coming from Mallory’s house, which led him to suspect there was meth on the property.

The cops initially claimed that when they entered the home, Mallory was in the hallway, walking towards them with a gun. But blood stains proved that the elderly man was actually shot dead in his bed.

Recordings of the incident reveal a cop saying, “Drop the gun” after shots were fired at Mallory. According to investigators, “Before listening to the audio recording, [Sgt. John] Bones believed that he told Mallory to ‘Drop the gun’ prior to the shooting. The recording revealed, however, that his commands to ‘Drop the gun’ occurred immediately after the shooting.”

Mallory’s widow, Tonya Pate, said, “He would never point a gun at officers. Every day I stay in that house with that bloody bedroom … where I know he was taken from me for no reason.” Pate is now suing the county for $50 million.

No meth was found in Mallory’s home, but police did find some marijuana.

Mallory was loved by his community and often helped neighbors with various chores in his community.

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Libertarian Internet Guru Arrested, “Silk Road” Online Black Marketplace Shut Down By FBI

If you are a libertarian, or a drug dealer, chances are you’ve heard of Silk Road.

Silk Road was an elusive website that allowed people to sell… well, anything. The online black marketplace allowed users to browse anonymously and securely without risking the attention of government investigators.

Critics called the site the “Amazon.com of illegal drugs,” since users were able to purchase drugs like heroin, marijuana, and prescription medications. Dealers could advertise on Silk Road and then send their products to buyers through the normal mail. Silk Road took a portion of each deal using Bitcoin, an online currency that is not created or regulated by any government or central authority.

Silk Road ballooned in popularity after its creation in February 2011, ultimately facilitating over $1.2 billion in sales.

On Thursday, the FBI shut down Silk Road after trying to track its founder for over three years.

The 29-year-old San Francisco-based founder, Ross William Ulbricht, was arrested after the lengthy cyber manhunt. Ulbricht is a vocal libertarian and has openly criticized government regulation.

“Dread Pirate Roberts” was Ulbricht’s online alter-ego, which he used to brag about the cops’ inability to capture him. In June, “Roberts” tweeted, “Illegal drugs home delivered … and our cops are clueless.”

At the time of Silk Road’s shutdown, there were over 13,000 ads on the site for drugs. But authorities say the site was much more than a matchmaker for drug dealers and buyers. Silk Road was also a major marketplace for guns and computer hacking services.


Court papers also allege that Ulbricht tried to have two people killed this year.

Ulbricht paid an undercover law enforcement officer $80,000 in February to kill a former Silk Road employee. Ulbricht demanded evidence of the killing in an email to the officer. He wrote, “Ask for a video. If they can’t do that, then pictures.”

The officers told Ulbricht that the employee was tortured and then killed, and sent him pictures of a fake murder, which the internet guru took to be real.

Two months later, Ulbricht tried to hire a hit man again.

In emails between Ulbricht and a potential hit man, authorities confirmed that Ulbritcht paid $150,000 to have the killing accomplished, which he paid for using bitcoins. The killing has not been confirmed at this time.

Ulbricht is currently being held without bail in San Francisco.

His arrest undoubtably comes as a surprise. In a Youtube interview, Ulbricht said he wants to dedicate his future to having a “substantial positive impact on the future of humanity.”

On a side note, the shutdown of Silk Road has made many question the future of Bitcoin. Only time will tell if Ulbricht’s arrest kills the online currency’s value.

Holder Announces Significant Changes To Drug Sentencing Policies

On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced major changes in federal drug sentencing practices.

Holder has proposed that federal prosecutors stop charging low-level, non-violent drug users with offenses that carry severe mandatory sentences.

During his San Francisco speech, Holder said black males receive sentences 20 percent longer than whites who are convicted of the same crime. He asserted that his proposed changes would stop the justice system from unfairly targeting minorities and the poor.

Holder said, “This isn’t just unacceptable, it is shameful.”

Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Changes In Prosecution Of Low Level Drug Offenders

Although Holder is a sometimes-controversial figure, his proposed drug sentencing policies have generally received positive feedback from both sides of the political aisle. Republicans who support the changes point out that millions would be saved in prison costs each year.

As reported by The Washington Post:

“In Congress, both Republican and Democratic leaders have introduced legislation aimed at giving federal judges more discretion in applying mandatory minimums to certain drug offenders.

Laura W. Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office, said the ACLU is “thrilled” by Holder’s actions.

‘These policies will make it more likely that wasteful and harmful federal prison overcrowding will end,’ Murphy said.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he was heartened by the Obama administration’s willingness to review mandatory minimum sentencing. But Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), said the law should be changed only in conjunction with Congress.”

Holder pointed out that similar steps have worked on the state level.

In Kentucky, over $400 million is projected to be saved in the next ten years by focusing resources on support groups and community supervision. In Kentucky, jail cells are only reseved for very serious offenders.

And in Texas, drug treatment programs for lower-level, non-violent drug users has lowered the prison population by 5,000 in just one year.

Holder wants to use these states as a model for the nation. During his speech, he pointed out that America’s prison population has increased 800 percent since 1980. The statistic is shocking and highlights a real problem in our justice system. Holder said, “With an outsized, unnecessarily large prison population, we need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter and rehabilitate, not merely to warehouse and forget.”

Although the proposed changes have generally been viewed positively, it is unclear at this time exactly how they will be implemented on such a large scale.

What are your thoughts on Holder’s assertions? Do you think using alternatives to jail cells for non-violent drug users is a good idea? Let us know in the comments section below.