Judge Departs from Sentencing Guidelines in Meth Case

Calling the War on Drugs a "dismal failure," U.S. District Court Judge Sandy Mattice reduced the sentence of Larry Gertsman, who had been facing a minimum of 121 months in federal prison for his role in obtaining pseudoephedrine for a meth cook. Mattice rejected that sentence noting it was one month longer than what he gave to the cook. "When a conspiracy is charged like this, addicts are being prosecuted the same way as the manufacturer" leading to outrageous and seemingly arbitrary results. Mattice, a federal judge in Chattanooga, gave Gertsman 90 months in prison.