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Paralyzed man raided by SWAT, sentenced to 25 years for possessing his own medicine

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May 27, 2014

FLORIDA — A wheelchair-bound man, suffering from paralysis, severe chronic pain, and multiple sclerosis, was raided by masked, gun-wielding agents and ultimately sentenced to 25 years in prison for possessing a one-month supply of his own doctor-prescribed painkillers. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws enabled this to happen, and remain a dangerous threat to the freedom of Americans who have never been accused of a violent crime.

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No Relief

The case of Richard Paey dates back to 1985. In that year, Paey, a husband and father, became paralyzed after a severe automobile accident. His condition worsened after a botched surgery.