"Operation Usher in Responsibility"
How can Gov. Bush be prosecuted for crimes from so long ago, with no hard evidence?
It is actually very common for drug crimes from long ago to be prosecuted and punished severely. All you need is a prosecutor willing to take up the case and a couple of witnesses who can testify to the crimes of the defendant. No hard evidence is necessary. If two people say you did it, that's all they need to put you away--even for life.
In preparation for the mini-series "The Trial of George W Bush", the Governor has been in touch with several of his old college Buddies from Yale and Harvard Business School as well as friends from his high-rolling days as a Texas oil executive. The tentative plan for the trial is as follows:
Two of the real life stars in the trial will be Bush's old dealers--one from Bush's home sate of Connecticut and one from Texas. These two men are long-time friends and supporters of Bush. They have also 'grown up', and want to help usher in the 'responsibility era'. After turning themselves in to authorities, they will tell the prosecutor not just about Bush, but all the rich Ivy League kids and corporate execs to whom they've ever sold drugs. In a sweeping case called 'Operation Usher in Responsibility', prosecutors will arrest hundreds of the rich and powerful who bought drugs from these two dealers, plus hundreds more who will be fingered in turn by each round of new arrests.
As is typical, the dealers will get their sentences reduced or completely forgiven in return for info on their past clients and competitors. Everyone they turn in will also have the opportunity to cooperate in return for escaping jail time. As more and more friends and family turn in their own, we envision thousands in the highest echelons of power finally coming to justice. But, the buck will stop with Governor Bush, who will refuse to cop a plea, will go to trial, and will receive his full sentence.
Sentencing Recreational Drug Users to Life in Prison
Considering the enormous scope of 'Operation Usher in Responsibility', Bush will most likely wind up with a life sentence, even though he never dealt drugs himself. This may sound impossible, but it is actually quite common.
All the defendants turned in by Bush's two dealers will be tried in a single 'conspiracy' case. This is the standard method by which prosecutors handle drug cases today. It was invented in 1986 by Democrats in the House and Senate, led by then-speaker Tip O'neil. According to the 'conspiracy clause' in the 1986 drug act, all the defendants charged in a 'conspiracy' case are sentenced according to the worst crime committed in the conspiracy. If Bush's dealer sold several kilograms of cocaine over the years, Bush will be sentenced for that crime, even though he did not commit that crime. Ironically, the dealer will probably get off scot-free for turning in Bush.