Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Men Behind The Wire Speak Out

The Wire's writers issue a strong anti-drug war press release. Money quote:

"If asked to serve on a jury deliberating a violation of state or federal drug laws, we will vote to acquit, regardless of the evidence presented. Save for a prosecution in which acts of violence or intended violence are alleged, we will — to borrow Justice Harry Blackmun's manifesto against the death penalty — no longer tinker with the machinery of the drug war. No longer can we collaborate with a government that uses nonviolent drug offenses to fill prisons with its poorest, most damaged and most desperate citizens."

To tell you the truth, I have yet to see one episode of the critically acclaimed show even though I own the second season on DVD, and I had no idea that Dennis Lehane and Richard Price were on their writing team. I've been a huge fan of Price since Clockers, and Lehane's Patrick Kenzie novels (of which Gone Baby Gone was one) has redefined the hard-boiled detective genre. Looks like I have some couch-potato time due.

Hat Tip: Sully

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