Iman al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman who to many has become a symbol of the cruelty of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime, has been deported from Qatar back to Libya.
NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, who is in Tripoli, tells our Newscast desk that U.N. officials confirm the deportation and believe Obeidi was sent to the rebel-held eastern Libyan city of Benghazi today. It isn't clear how long Obeidi had been in Qatar or exactly why she was sent to Libya.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently said that a 2010 federal law that lowers prison sentences for crack cocaine offenses should be applied to inmates already in prison. That means nearly 12,000 prisoners could be released early, a vast majority of which are black. The U.S. Sentencing Commission is hearing testimony now. Host Michel Martin discusses these new developments with two people who have testified before the commission — Michael Nachmanoff is a public defender in Virginia and Christopher Chiles is the Chairman of the board for the National District Attorneys Association.