Kansas: Jury Revolts Against Stupidity of Marijuana Laws, "They felt marijuana should be legalized."

Kansas: Jury Revolts Against Stupidity of Marijuana Laws, "They felt marijuana should be legalized."

Mostly 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

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Doyle/1461116449 Robert Doyle

    To~To & Dorathy are home safe in KANSAS ! Ding-Dong, the wicked witch is transforming .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Tokareff/1181624926 Raymond Tokareff

    something they didn’t teach you in school- that juries have total power and don’t have to fallow the prosecutor like blind sheep!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.voluntaryist Doug Voluntaryist

    Winning!!!!

  • Bob

    4 letters: F.I.J.A. (Fully Informed Jury Association)

    • http://daybrown.org Dale H. (Day) Brown

      I tried to let them know, but nobody read my email.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.darley.184 David Darley

    Cool story, bro!

  • ChuckieJesus

    [Sung to the tune of No Woman No Cry]
    Noooo victim no criiime
    NO VICTIM, NO CRIME

  • http://daybrown.org Dale H. (Day) Brown

    They had to pack a jury with ppl from outside the district, withhold evidence, and commit perjury against me to get a conviction. Which the AR court of appeals didnt like, so I’ll be in court again for a new trial date Sept 5, 9AM at the Van Buren County Courthouse in Clinton AR. Yawl are invited to watch the fun.

  • liberatory

    F.I.J.A.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.eitzen Jim Eitzen

    Jury Nullification

    • http://www.facebook.com/jim.eitzen Jim Eitzen

      Not muntainy, its a Jury’s right.

  • bob manke

    I OWN the fed and the elite scum who have stolen it demanding that filthy NDAA all the congressmen voted for, oh republicans, too, and then their voting partner, obama signed it into law… traitors that continue a hidden taxation on the people by prohibition. they reek! ron paul ron paul ron paul legalize medical marijuana iin Iowa gov branstad!

  • etherical

    sept 29..rally at the capital in topeka kansas1:00 – 5:00 pm…………

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  • Johnny oneye

    Kansas ,who would of thought? Hey Hemp can do good for farmers, if they still have farms left.

  • medicvet

    MORE JURIES NEED TO STAND UP AND DO THIS!

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  • Lookingforjustice

    They (OUR GOVT) do NOT want WE THE PEOPLE to KNOW WE DO HAVE THE POWER to STOP tem…its just against the LAW to tell a jury this?? REALLY??? WE NEED to just simply SPREAD the word and educate ourselves…THEY are NOT going to do it for us…they make too much money putting us in THEIR PROFIT PRISON SYSTEM!!