What is this about?
“Today, President Donald J. Trump commuted the prison sentence of Ronen Nahmani, an action strongly supported by many notable leaders from across the political spectrum, like Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Mark Meadows.
Mr. Nahmani is a non-violent, first-time offender with no criminal history. He has five young children at home and his wife is suffering from terminal cancer. These extenuating circumstances underscore the urgency of his request for clemency. …”
Who is Ronen Nahmani?
“President Trump granted clemency to seven men on Monday, including Ted Suhl, an Arkansas man convicted in 2016 of paying bribes to a state official.
Mr. Trump commuted Mr. Suhl’s prison sentence and that of Ronen Nahmani, a Florida man convicted in 2015 of selling synthetic marijuana. The remaining men received pardons for convictions stretching back decades. …
Mr. Nahmani, 44, was convicted in 2015 of conspiring to distributesynthetic marijuana in Florida. At the time, his lawyer argued that his client, a father of five, should receive no more than a decade behind bars, but the judge opted for the maximum sentence of 20 years.
In explaining the commutation, the White House noted the size of Mr. Nahmani’s family, his wife’s terminal cancer diagnosis and the fact that he had been a nonviolent, first-time offender with no previous criminal history …”
“President Donald Trump on Monday commuted the sentence of Boaz (Ronen) Nahmani, husband to a cancer-stricken wife and father of five young children, who in 2015 was given a maximum 20-year term for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana, a sentence decried by many legal experts as wildly disproportionate. …
His attorney, Gary Apfel, told Hamodia that in addition to the severity of the sentence, he and many others were motivated to free Nahmani so that the husband and father could return to his suffering family.
“Chasdei Hashem, we are living in an age when we see open miracles,” Apfel told Hamodia. “We are so grateful to President Trump for his great compassion in granting clemency to Boaz and relief to his wife and children. In reuniting this family under these tragic circumstances, the President has performed a true act of chessed, loving-kindness, which every Jew should appreciate and applaud.”
Apfel, lead attorney for Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin – the first person to have a sentence commuted by Trump – worked on this case with many of the same players as the Rubashkin case, including legal scholar Alan Dershowitz.
“This is a real case of pikuach nefesh, because there are children here whose mother is seriously ill with cancer and whose father would have been in prison, and in the event the mother were to have passed, would have been all alone,” Dershowitz told Hamodia. “So what President Trump did was the right thing; he ought to be praised for saving lives and doing a mitzvah. This was a team effort involving lots of people, including Gary and many others who acted selflessly to bring about this pidyon shivuyim. And I think it will be an important part of President Trump’s legacy that he did the right thing for the right reasons.” …
Among those who called were Rep. and Debbie Meadows, whom Mrs. Nahmani described as “such amazing people.”
“And President Trump, I have no words to ever describe how grateful we are to him that he made this happen. I always knew, even before he became president, that he does a lot of chessed. We just are forever and ever thankful to him, and to all of am Yisrael, who came together from all over the world.
“There are people we never met, who accepted mitzvot – like to cover their hair, light candles earlier Friday, to eat kosher, to give tezedakah – as a zechut.”
Mrs. Nahmani had just gotten off the phone with her husband.
“He called me and his voice was shaking,” she said. “He was in shock, too.”
Readers are asked to daven for the refuah sheleimah of Mrs. Nahmani, Rus bas Sarah, b’soch sh’ar cholei Yisrael.
What is Pikuach nefesh?
“The Talmud discusses a number of cases as examples in which biblically mandated laws can be disregarded for the sake of saving a human life. (B.Yoma 84b) All of these examples relate to Sabbath prohibitions: rescuing a child from the sea, breaking apart a wall that has collapsed on a child, breaking down a door about to close on an infant, and extinguishing a fire to save a life. …”
So, this is like rescuing an innocent child from the sea, right?
“Trial evidence showed Nahmani bought multi-kilo shipments of illegal powdery chemicals from China and converted them into both leafy and liquid synthetic cannabis for distribution in Florida and other parts of the country, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents say synthetic cannabinoids are potentially deadly because users don’t know the actual content, dosage and potency of the synthetic drug.
In July 2014, investigators stopped Nahmani and linked him to a large supply of powdery cannabis chemicals that he stored in a warehouse, prosecutors said. The warehouse also contained equipment for making the synthetic products and packaging with labels such as “Scooby Snax,” “Diablo” “Platinum” and “Fire.”
Oh man … well, that’s understandable.
This is not another case like Sholom Rubashkin of Orthodox Jews leaning on their connections to the White House to get things they want like the Golan Heights or the end of the Iran deal. It’s an open miracle that this unprecedented winning streak for Jews continues!