Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed
January 17, 2020
Hosted by Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
On April 8, 1992 I did something quite unusual for a sitting trial court judge: I held a press conference. (Judges don't do that!) But as a former criminal defense attorney in the Navy JAG Corps, federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and, at that time, trial court judge for 9 years, I had seen first hand why and how our policy of Drug Prohibition was not working. And who better to discuss it than a conservative judge in a conservative county who had never used any form of illicit drugs. So in this show I will explain my experiences and my transformation from a former "drug warrior" to someone who favors a policy that reduces the harms that can and will come to societies by the presence of these sometimes harmful and addicting substances. Yes, the drugs can be harmful, but it is the drug money that causes a majority of the problems! (Think about the problems in Mexico!) And, I hope you agree, it is not only all right to discuss these issues, we are perpetuating the problems if we do not!
All Rise! The Libertarian Way with Judge Jim Gray
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“All Rise! The Libertarian Way with Judge Jim Gray” will set forth some of the problem areas in our country, with interesting, experienced and knowledgeable guests. Judge Gray and his guests will provide some practical and workable solutions that benefit virtually everyone in our country except many vested interests. We will learn that there really are Libertarian solutions to many of our problems, including our healthcare, justice and educational systems, national security, dispute resolution, problems with over-incarceration, civil liberties, homelessness, mental health, creating jobs and mentoring our youth!
Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
Judge Jim Gray was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Palmar Norte, Costa Rica, a Criminal Defense Attorney with Navy JAG Corps, a Federal Prosecutor in Los Angeles and a 25-year Veteran Trial Court Judge in Orange County, California. Judge Gray was the 2012 Libertarian Candidate for Vice President, along with New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (In Jim’s words, “We came in third, although I acknowledge it was a distant third.”). Judge Gray is married with four children, including a son from Danang, Vietnam that Jim adopted in 1973. Judge Gray is the author of “Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed, and What We Can Do About It,” “Wearing the Robe: The Art and Responsibilities of Judging in Today’s Courts,” and “A Voter’s Handbook, Effective Solutions to America’s Problems.” He is also the composer of two musicals, “Americans All,” which helps to mentor our junior high and high school students, and “Convention: The Birth of America,” which is about our country’s 1787 Constitutional Convention. Judge Gray has also been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the Western State College of Laws and by the Law School at Chapman University, and the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County annually awards its “Judge of the Year” Award in the name of Judge James P. Gray.