Recent Alerts: Chai Project trial to be continued, and Sentencing Disparity alert still timely 8/1/97

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Last Monday, DRCNet alerted its members that Court TV was scheduled to cover the trial of Thomas Scozzare and Diana McCague of the Chai Project needle exchange that night. (Needle exchange is illegal in New Jersey and is opposed by the Governor but has widespread public support.) Court TV decided not to air the trial that night after all, but did tape it, and we've been told they intend to air an edited version in the near future. The trial will continue, and probably be concluded, later this month. We will keep you updated as to its outcome and to Court TV's plans. This alert, including links to additional information on the Chai Project saga, can be found online at

The crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity, as discussed in the last Week Online and in our action alert on, is still very much a current issue. If you haven't yet called your legislators as well as the President (or even if you have), please take a few moments to do so.

White House comments line: (202) 456-1111, or e-mail your comments to [email protected]

Congress (your one Representative and two Senators): (202) 224-3121 (the Congressional Switchboard).

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