Rockefeller's Granddaughter Arrested At Protest Of Drug Laws
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Nelson Rockefeller’s granddaughter was among those arrested in Manhattan Wednesday while protesting the strict drug laws named for the former governor.
Mayla Rockefeller, state Senators David Paterson and Tom Duane and eight others were given summonses for disorderly conduct for linking hands and blocking the entrance to Governor George Pataki’s Midtown office, police said.
The other protestors were members of the group Drop the Rock, which seeks to repeal the high mandatory jail sentences for low-level drug offenses. They have demonstrated outside Pataki’s office every Wednesday this month.
Pataki has publicly supported relaxing the statutes, passed in 1973 and 1974 when Nelson Rockefeller was governor, but he has not been able to reach an agreement with leaders in the state Legislature.
The laws can subject a first-time offender to 15 years to life in prison for selling as little as two ounces or possessing four ounces of a controlled substance.