Hawley sends letter to prison bureau opposing Courtney’s release

Pharmacist Robert Courtney
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U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Colette Peters, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, expressing opposition to the pending release of Robert Courtney. Courtney, who was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison, had diluted tens of thousands of prescription medications for personal profit. His scheduled transfer to a halfway house in June will occur before he completes his full sentence.

In his letter, Hawley highlighted the severity of Courtney’s actions, noting that he diluted 98,000 prescriptions, which jeopardized the health of countless vulnerable Missourians and led to hundreds of wrongful death lawsuits. “The protection of the public must always be the Bureau’s primary duty. Releasing Courtney early, even if only to a halfway house, is an abdication of that duty,” wrote Senator Hawley.

In 2020, Senator Hawley had previously urged that Courtney serve his entire sentence in prison when there was a possibility of his early release under COVID-19 protocols.

The full letter can be accessed here.

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