William Fine dies: Fine was 86 and died from multiple atrophy syndrome.
His bigger impact was on the drug laws in the United States.
His study in Japan of the law against drugs ended with him admiring the life sentences given to drug dealers.
He was in close contact with New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, who signed legislation in 1973, not long after Fine had returned from Japan, mandating minimum prison sentences of 15 years for selling two ounces or possessing four ounces of heroin, cocaine, or marijuana, according to the New York Times.
The so-called Rockefeller drug laws have been gradually loosened as part of the larger but slight relaxation in the War on Drugs, after determining such sentences don’t stem drug use.