Read the details of this case. An 18-year-old faces a controversial “school-zone” mandatory prison term for selling pot. (The Massachussetts “school-zones” cover just about everything.)
The defense attorney apparently raised enough questions about entrapment and that the severity of the sentence was extreme, that the jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared.
Pay attention to this, folks. We may see a whole lot more of this in the future.
If the Supreme Court continues to rule against the individual (I don’t know enough about nominee Roberts yet to have a strong opinion, but I was concerned to hear that he had a record that showed deference to the powers of the administration), and if the legislature continues to ignore the will of their consitutents as it relates to drug policy, and if the administration continues to enjoy waging war against its own citizens, then eventually, the citizens will have to take charge of justice themselves. And they have that ability, that right — in fact, that responsibility — in the jury box.
- DrugWarRant.com, the longest running single-issue blog devoted to drug policy
Join us on Pete's couch.
Send comments, tips,
and suggestions to:
- A Day at the Museum
- A story for Thanksgiving (Isidro and Teresa Aviles)
- Andrea Barthwell, caught red-handed
- Andrea Barthwell, Snake Oil Salesman
- Bong Hits 4 Jesus – Supreme Court Case
- DEA Bad Girl Michele Leonhart
- Deep Thoughts About the Drug War
- Drug War Victims
- Drug War Videos
- Drug WarRant Joins SOPA, PIPA Protest
- Hammer Down, Pop Up
- If I were Contrarian-King of the United States
- Increase in Burger Abuse Seen
- Irvin Rosenfeld and the Compassionate IND — Medical Marijuana Proof and Government Lies
- Karen Tandy and the DEA (Can Congress Get a Clue?)
- Len Bias – the death that ushered in two decades of destruction
- Mother and Son
- Patriot Act, Victory Act, Despot Act
- Petition for Correction under the ONDCP Information Quality Guidelines
- Raich v. Ashcroft
- Rand and American Enterprise Institute Studies – Indictments of Federal Drug Policy
- the Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie
- Treatment Statistics
- Who’s Who in Drug Prohibition
- Why is Marijuana Illegal?