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TV Shows Against Mandatory Minimums


The estimable organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), which fights against the mandated lack of judicial discretion that leads to all sorts of horrific injustices in drug cases, will be getting two big doses of network TV love in January.

60 Minutes will be doing an Ed Bradley segment on Jan. 4 focusing on drug minimums with interviews with two FAMM associates. Then on Jan. 14, President Bartlett (by most accounts the real winner of the popular vote in 2000) on The West Wing will muse (wisely, as ever, to be sure) on mandatory minimums and will even, early reports have it, be portrayed talking to a fictionalized president of the real FAMM on the phone for some guidance.