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Bad Dog of the Week: Texas judge takes a big bite out of McGruff the Crime Dog

The actor who played McGruff the Crime Dog was sentenced to 16 years for possessing a thousand marijuana plants and 27 weapons (including a grenade launcher). The sentence seems excessive to me, given that marijuana is practically legal in this country, and gun possession positively seems to be encouraged in Texas. I’m surprised he didn’t ...

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The actor who played McGruff the Crime Dog was sentenced to 16 years for possessing a thousand marijuana plants and 27 weapons (including a grenade launcher).

The sentence seems excessive to me, given that marijuana is practically legal in this country, and gun possession positively seems to be encouraged in Texas. I'm surprised he didn't get time off for the grenade launcher, which a friend once described to me as "the best weapon ever for clearing the treeline."

The actor who played McGruff the Crime Dog was sentenced to 16 years for possessing a thousand marijuana plants and 27 weapons (including a grenade launcher).

The sentence seems excessive to me, given that marijuana is practically legal in this country, and gun possession positively seems to be encouraged in Texas. I’m surprised he didn’t get time off for the grenade launcher, which a friend once described to me as "the best weapon ever for clearing the treeline."

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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