We didn't think Rocky Anderson and Jake Garn could agree on mom and apple pie, let alone pardoning a convicted felon sent to prison on drug and gun charges.
But there it is, both of their signatures on a letter to President Obama asking that Weldon Angelos' 55-year sentence be commuted. The letter is not the first effort to free Angelos, who has been in federal prison since 2004 after he was convicted in federal court in Utah for selling $350 worth of marijuana while in possession of a firearm. Because of federal mandatory-minimum sentencing guidelines, the judge had no choice but to put a man in his early 20s with no prior adult record in prison until he was a senior citizen.
Civil rights advocates have been fighting this case for more than a decade as one of the least justifiable outcomes of mandatory minimums. What's different about this letter is the sweeping cross section represented in the 114 people who signed it. Rocky and Jake not an odd enough couple for you? How about Norm Bangerter and Bonnie Raitt?