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Article posted Aug 21 2012, 5:47 AM Category: Resistance Source: StoptheDrugWar.org Print

Another Jury Revolts Against Marijuana Laws, "They Felt Marijuana Should Be Legalized."

by Scott Morgan

Jacob Sullum shares this incredible story from a defense attorney in Kansas.
I had a jury trial this morning on level 3 possession with intent MJ, level 4 possession drug paraphernalia and level 10 no drug tax stamp. During voir dire, my almost all white, middle-class, middle-aged jury went into full rebellion against the prosecutor stating that they wouldn't convict even if the client's guilt was proven beyond a reasonable doubt -- almost all of them! They felt marijuana should be legalized, what he does with it is his own business and that the jails are already full of people for this silly charge. Then, when the potential jurors found out that the State wanted him to pay taxes on illegal drugs, they went nuts. One woman from the back said how stupid this was and why are we even here wasting our time. A "suit" from the front said this was the most ridiculous thing he'd ever heard. The prosecutor ended up dismissing the case. Judge gave me a dismissal with prejudice. I'm still laughing my ass off over this one. I have NEVER seen a full on mutiny by an entire jury pool before. Easiest win ever!
In so many ways, the drug war's own exploding unpopularity is poised to become its downfall. Events like this aren't the norm (yet), but the mere threat of insurrection in the courtroom is already an important check against prosecutorial overreach in the war on drugs (in case you were wondering why so many medical marijuana raids never lead to criminal charges).

As the polls continue to turn in favor of reform, the refusal of juries to convict marijuana offenders could quickly become a brutal burden for these drug war boneheads to bear. It's about damn time.





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Anonymous

Posted: Aug 21 2012, 3:42 PM

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17330 Dorthy
Is that red eyes you have? Oh I mean slippers. Where is the tin man he would like a hit too. And the courdly lion must of got his courage.
Well Kansas aint what it used to be.
Paitriots unite around the CONSTITUTION
WE ARE THE PEOPLE
Anonymous

Posted: Aug 21 2012, 5:22 PM

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24245 The fat lady hasn't sang on this one yet.The case was dimissed WITH prejudice,which means the state can reopen the case whenever they want with a different jury.
Travis

Posted: Aug 21 2012, 7:42 PM

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69245 Dismissed with prejudice means it Can't be brought back before the court.
This is a dead duck.
Thanks and Have a Nice Day
Peter

Posted: Aug 22 2012, 4:06 AM

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81161 What happens if the defendant is unfortunate enough to have a
jury composed of authority-loving sheep ? He gets convicted !

So much for "Equal Justice Under Law" ...

Anonymous

Posted: Aug 22 2012, 9:57 AM

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7513 This really didn't happen. Its a ficticious attempt to encourage sheep jurrors to use their brain. Sadly all jurrors are tv-programmed idiots who send their fellow citizens to the governments dungeons. Can't wait to see them herded into the FEMA camps where sheep belong.
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