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Former Baseball Star Willie Aikens Testifies Before Congress

Published by on May 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

On May 21, former major league baseball star Willie Mays Aikens testified at a U.S. House Judiciary Hearing about the harsh drug sentencing laws that put him behind bars for 14 years.

In 1994, Aikens was sentenced to nearly 21 years for crack cocaine distribution, bribery and gun charges. He was released last June after his sentence was reduced because of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's recent adjustment to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines.

At first glance, the charges, coupled with the lengthy sentence he received, one would think Aikens was a major drug dealer. In reality, he was simply an addict with a major drug problem that cost him dearly.

According to Willie, a woman arrived at his ...

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