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NPR: Obama Expected To Ease Crack-Cocaine Sentencing Disparities July 30, 2010 Thursday, the U.S House of Representatives passed legislation to reduce the sentencing disparity between federal crack and powder cocaine sentences. President Obama is expected to sign this into law. To get a sense of the impact of this legislation, and in particular what it means for those in communities of color, guest host Rebecca Roberts speaks with Michael Nachmanoff, Federal Public Defender for Eastern Virginia and Co-Chair of the Federal Public Defender Legislative Committee. Copyright © 2010 National Public Radio®. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. REBECCA ROBERTS, host: This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Rebecca Roberts in for Michel Martin. Coming up, one woman's move to bring the Torah to the Western Wall led to her arrest in Israel. We'll speak with her. But first, a look at an issue of justice here in the United States. Congress has now passed a law that reduces the disparities between mandatory sentences for possession of crack versus possession of powder cocaine. For 25 years, a much smaller amount of crack has triggered the minimum sentence, disproportionately affecting tens of thousands of African-Americans. White offenders are more often caught with the powered form of the drug, which has a much higher threshold. To get a sense of how the new law will impact those in communities of color and the process behind this change, we've called on Michael Nachmanoff. He is the federal public defender for the eastern division of Virginia. He's also the chair of the federal public defenders legislative committee. He joins us on the line from his office in Alexandria, Virginia. Welcome to the program. Mr. MICHAEL NACHMANOFF (Federal Public Defender, Eastern Division of Virginia): Hello, thank you
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