Full text of letter in support of leniency for Marc Henry Johnson

07 Aug
August 7, 2017

Here is a letter written in support of leniency for Marc Henry Johnson, a fellow producer on “The Deuce” who was involved in the tragic overdose death of a woman in New York last year. The letter was written to the sentencing judge and is part of the court record, and I post it here out of concern that certain news outlets, including the New York tabloids — which did a poor and imprecise job of covering the original incident — are now quoting it piecemeal. As it is addressed to a presiding court, it would be inappropriate to comment beyond the letter itself, but I am going to link to it here so that a full, contextualized argument is available to those concerned or curious about my reasoning:

MHJ Letter Final July 2017 updated

3 replies
  1. Brendan says:

    David –

    After reading your letter twice, it’s apparent to me that your motivation isn’t to support your work collegeue — but to use the situation to further push your agenda of wanting judges & juries to alter how they control the drug war. Am I wrong?

    I wonder…if your son, daughter, or wife had been “partying” that night with Mr. Johnson and had met the same fate as Dr. Cerveny, would you have written a letter to the judge asking for leniency?

  2. Kim says:

    I appreciate this letter, the sentiments it contains, and the reflection of your own integrity and analysis on this subject. News coverage had not reached me here in Oz, but now being aware of this prosecution I have more context for the large number of news stories I am seeing from America about drug overdoses. I pray your letter is effective.


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