Montana Jurors Stage ‘Marijuana Mutiny’

AFC_Missoula_Montana When draconian drug laws linger on the books, it may be up to juries to rebel by refusing to convict people of crimes such as marijuana possession — a Missoula, MT jury did just that. The New York Times reports:

Marijuana fans are calling it the Mutiny in Montana.

It all began last Thursday, when a group of prospective jurors in Missoula were seated for a two-day trial of a repeat offender by the name of Teuray Cornell, whom the local police had arrested and charged with sellingmarijuana, a felony, and possession of a small amount of the drug, a misdemeanor.

To seat a 12-person jury, Judge Robert L. Deschamps III of Missoula County District Court had called a passel of Montanans to serve, and 27 had arrived at court on Dec. 16. So far, so good.

But after the charges were read, one of the jurors raised a hand. “She said, ‘I’ve got a real problem with these marijuana cases,’ ” Judge Deschamps recalled on Wednesday. “And after she got through, a couple more raised their hands.” All told, five jurors raised questions about marijuana prosecution.

And so it was that Mr. Cornell soon became the lucky recipient of a case of almost-a-jury nullification, as prosecutors soon found themselves cutting a deal to dismiss the misdemeanor possession charge out of fear that they would not be able to find 12 jurors in this marijuana-friendly state to convict.

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  • Waxindignant

    It’s so obvious why the right want to keep MJ illegal – it opens your eyes to how much right-wing politicians are SCREWING us ALL everyday!!

  • Waxindignant

    It’s so obvious why the right want to keep MJ illegal – it opens your eyes to how much right-wing politicians are SCREWING us ALL everyday!!

    • Randy

      It’s all politicians that screw us over, they keep people squabbling over the right, the left or whatever in between, while they sit back and produce more “career politicians” that somehow know what’s best for the working class and act as if they know what they’re talking about. I wish I could sit in a chair all day deciding who will have and who wont have. All while I have everything I’ll ever need, plus whatever I can dupe the people into giving me.

      Where is a Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus when you need him?

    • Brentskinner5

      You are uninformed. Libertarians of all stripes support marijuana legalization. That’s the right wing, right there.

    • Mhonohan

      Absolutely false. Draconian marijuana laws were passed in the 60s and 70s when Democrats controlled Congress and have been dutifully upheld by Democrat Presidents. The most progressive politicians on marijuana have been Republican Governors. Look it up. Any true conservative will tell you that marijuana prohibition is not in concert with conservative principals.

  • Randy

    It’s all politicians that screw us over, they keep people squabbling over the right, the left or whatever in between, while they sit back and produce more “career politicians” that somehow know what’s best for the working class and act as if they know what they’re talking about. I wish I could sit in a chair all day deciding who will have and who wont have. All while I have everything I’ll ever need, plus whatever I can dupe the people into giving me.

    Where is a Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus when you need him?

  • E.B. Wolf

    What smart jurors need to do is not get themselves excused from jury duty over their objections to the law, but get on the jury and simply refuse to vote guilty in any MJ case.

    If I’, not mistaken, isn’t there an essay on the subject of juries’ right to judge not only the defendant but the law itself in one of Disinfo’s books? I’d check myself, but I’m not near my library at the moment.

  • E.B. Wolf

    What smart jurors need to do is not get themselves excused from jury duty over their objections to the law, but get on the jury and simply refuse to vote guilty in any MJ case.

    If I’, not mistaken, isn’t there an essay on the subject of juries’ right to judge not only the defendant but the law itself in one of Disinfo’s books? I’d check myself, but I’m not near my library at the moment.

    • Ronsansone

      Yes E.B. Wolf. It’s the Citizens Handbook and it contains only the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It is held in the hand of a woman who was/is part of the anti-income tax movement in The movie “Freedom to Fascism” produced by Aaron Russo. She holds that little book in her hand and says in effect “This little book contains the words to free a nation and as she held the Tax Code book in the other hand which is HUGE she said “and THIS book was written to enslave a nation. The term is called Jury- Nullification and really is our last line of defense in a country that follows the rule of Law…supposedly

  • Brentskinner5

    You are uninformed. Libertarians of all stripes support marijuana legalization. That’s the right wing, right there.

  • Anonymous

    I like this. Doug Stanhope did a little bit about this same thing. Use their own weapons against them, like good terrorists.

  • $927230

    I like this. Doug Stanhope did a little bit about this same thing. Use their own weapons against them, like good terrorists.

  • Anonymous

    Even Sarah ‘goddamned idiot whore cunt” Palin spoke out in favor of legalization in some capacity, though I don’t remember the exact quote. It was probably just political posturing, though.

  • Russell King

    our goverment is wasting ther time and our money on this stupid marijuana.crisis they cloaim we have on our hands its just bs

  • Russell King

    our goverment is wasting ther time and our money on this stupid marijuana.crisis they cloaim we have on our hands its just bs

  • Mhonohan

    Absolutely false. Draconian marijuana laws were passed in the 60s and 70s when Democrats controlled Congress and have been dutifully upheld by Democrat Presidents. The most progressive politicians on marijuana have been Republican Governors. Look it up. Any true conservative will tell you that marijuana prohibition is not in concert with conservative principals.

  • Ronsansone

    Yes E.B. Wolf. It’s the Citizens Handbook and it contains only the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It is held in the hand of a woman who was/is part of the anti-income tax movement in The movie “Freedom to Fascism” produced by Aaron Russo. She holds that little book in her hand and says in effect “This little book contains the words to free a nation and as she held the Tax Code book in the other hand which is HUGE she said “and THIS book was written to enslave a nation. The term is called Jury- Nullification and really is our last line of defense in a country that follows the rule of Law…supposedly

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