Louisiana Man Gets Life Imprisonment for Marijuana

Louisiana PotAnd I thought the Rockfeller Drug Laws in New York State were terrible, this is crazy. Ramon Antonio Vargas reports in the Times-Picayune:

Cornell Hood II got off with probation after three marijuana convictions in New Orleans.

He didn’t fare too well after moving to St. Tammany Parish, however. A single such conviction on the north shore landed the 35-year-old in prison for the rest of his life.

State Judge Raymond S. Childress punished Hood under Louisiana’s repeat-offender law in his courtroom in Covington on Thursday. A jury on Feb. 15 found the defendant guilty of attempting to possess and distribute marijuana at his Slidell home, court records show.

Hood moved from eastern New Orleans to the Slidell area after he admitted to separate charges of distribution of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana on Dec. 18, 2009, in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. He received a suspended five-year prison sentence and five years’ of probation for each — which was precisely the same penalty he got in that court after pleading guilty to possessing and intending to distribute marijuana on Feb. 22, 2005.

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  • Bonedi

    “hey joe got another lifer for possession charge.” “Hopefully the prices of iphones drop.” – one prison guard to another.

  • Bonedi

    “hey joe got another lifer for possession charge.” “Hopefully the prices of iphones drop.” – one prison guard to another.

  • Mary Mcg.

    Smoking weed in the South is just not worth it at some point, especially when you consider the schwag-to-nug ratio.

  • Mary Mcg.

    Smoking weed in the South is just not worth it at some point, especially when you consider the schwag-to-nug ratio.

  • Bagadouche

    Gee he only got busted 4 times? What a dumbass, too stupid to quit selling drugs after he got a 5 year suspended sentence, sorry bout your luck dont feel sorry for you.

  • Bagadouche

    Gee he only got busted 4 times? What a dumbass, too stupid to quit selling drugs after he got a 5 year suspended sentence, sorry bout your luck dont feel sorry for you.

    • Sandy

      Thats not the fucking point. The point is people shouldn’t be put into prison for the rest of their lives for something so goddamn stupid.

      Unbelievable another example of the pathetic state of America. Where is my violin, i think i see Rome about ready to burn.

    • superfluous

      conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform…..

    • Larchoye

      You don’t need to feel sorry for him… You just need to pay to keep him in jail for 35 years. It’s probably worth it though- because marijuana is “probably the most dangerous drug there is today”.

      BONUS ROUND TIME!!! Who’s quote was that?

    • Anonymous

      Are you a Troll? Really? Just because it is a law does not mean it is right whatsoever, pull your head out of the sand. Guess who pays for this, we do, not the lawmakers. This is a sign that we are merely slaves, and shows that no this is not a Democracy, we are all enslaved.

  • Sandy

    Thats not the fucking point. The point is people shouldn’t be put into prison for the rest of their lives for something so goddamn stupid.

    Unbelievable another example of the pathetic state of America. Where is my violin, i think i see Rome about ready to burn.

  • Kelli

    did he get sent to a private for profit prison?

  • Kelli

    did he get sent to a private for profit prison?

  • Will

    He should of moved out here to Oregon. We have very easy going laws as far as pot goes, and no three strikes law.

  • Will

    He should of moved out here to Oregon. We have very easy going laws as far as pot goes, and no three strikes law.

  • Larchoye

    Well I’d say
    Judge Raymond S. Childress certainly deserves to get a call from a different pro-marijuana non-profit organization every day, for the next 35 years… I think it’s also appropriate to demonstrate in front of his house, workplace, etc… And of course make sure to do it on the most annoying regular interval possible.

    I really don’t see how ANYONE- no matter what- could even PRETEND to justify spending $3+ million tax dollars, if it was his 900th offense. (In fact anyone who ISN’T outraged by this- DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T BE IN CHARGE OF YOUR TAX MONEY.)

  • Larchoye

    Well I’d say
    Judge Raymond S. Childress certainly deserves to get a call from a different pro-marijuana non-profit organization every day, for the next 35 years… I think it’s also appropriate to demonstrate in front of his house, workplace, etc… And of course make sure to do it on the most annoying regular interval possible.

    I really don’t see how ANYONE- no matter what- could even PRETEND to justify spending $3+ million tax dollars, if it was his 900th offense. (In fact anyone who ISN’T outraged by this- DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T BE IN CHARGE OF YOUR TAX MONEY.)

  • superfluous

    conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform conform…..

  • Larchoye

    You don’t need to feel sorry for him… You just need to pay to keep him in jail for 35 years. It’s probably worth it though- because marijuana is “probably the most dangerous drug there is today”.

    BONUS ROUND TIME!!! Who’s quote was that?

  • Anonymous

    Are you a Troll? Really? Just because it is a law does not mean it is right whatsoever, pull your head out of the sand. Guess who pays for this, we do, not the lawmakers. This is a sign that we are merely slaves, and shows that no this is not a Democracy, we are all enslaved.

  • ZombieSlapper

    Poison the Earth, profit from war, torture people, steal billions, peddle dangerous yet legal drugs and you’re a captain of industry & free to walk the streets of your gated community.

    Sell a plant to pay the bills and do life in a Wackenhut prison.

  • ZombieSlapper

    Poison the Earth, profit from war, torture people, steal billions, peddle dangerous yet legal drugs and you’re a captain of industry & free to walk the streets of your gated community.

    Sell a plant to pay the bills and do life in a Wackenhut prison.

  • $4251815

    Poison the Earth, profit from war, torture people, steal billions, peddle dangerous yet legal drugs and you’re a captain of industry & free to walk the streets of your gated community.

    Sell a plant to pay the bills and do life in a Wackenhut prison.

  • 5by5

    That clearly comes under the heading of “cruel, and unusual punishment”, and the verdict should be summarily tossed by the Appeals Court.

    It’s ridiculous, overly punitive, and most likely reflects interests (such as the private prison industry who will literally profit off of incarcerating this non-violent offender) that have nothing to do with the crime itself, or the “criminal” in question.

    The first question I’d ask is, “Does the Judge have any stock in either Corrections Corp. of America, Geo Group, or Cornell Corp?”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125641692049506073.html
    http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=867

  • 5by5

    That clearly comes under the heading of “cruel, and unusual punishment”, and the verdict should be summarily tossed by the Appeals Court.

    It’s ridiculous, overly punitive, and most likely reflects interests (such as the private prison industry who will literally profit off of incarcerating this non-violent offender) that have nothing to do with the crime itself, or the “criminal” in question.

    The first question I’d ask is, “Does the Judge have any stock in either Corrections Corp. of America, Geo Group, or Cornell Corp?”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125641692049506073.html
    http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=867

  • 5by5

    That clearly comes under the heading of “cruel, and unusual punishment”, and the verdict should be summarily tossed by the Appeals Court.

    It’s ridiculous, overly punitive, and most likely reflects interests (such as the private prison industry who will literally profit off of incarcerating this non-violent offender) that have nothing to do with the crime itself, or the “criminal” in question.

    The first question I’d ask is, “Does the Judge have any stock in either Corrections Corp. of America, Geo Group, or Cornell Corp?”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125641692049506073.html
    http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=867

    • 5by5

      I just wanted to point out a key part of that CorpWatch article:

      ——————-
      A hundred years ago private prisons were a familiar feature of American life, with disastrous consequences. Prisoners were farmed out as slave labor. They were routinely beaten and abused, fed slop and kept in horribly overcrowded cells. Conditions were so wretched that by the end of the nineteenth century private prisons were outlawed in most states.

      During the past decade, private prisons have made a comeback. Already 28 states have passed legislation making it legal for private contractors to run correctional facilities and many more states are expected to follow suit.The reasons for the rapid expansion include the 1990′s free-market ideological fervor, large budget deficits for the federal and state governments and the discovery and creation of vast new reserves of “raw materials” — prisoners. The rate for most serious crimes has been dropping or stagnant for the past 15 years, but during the same period severe repeat offender provisions and a racist “get-tough” policy on drugs have helped push the US prison population up from 300,000 to around 1.5 million during the same period. This has produced a corresponding boom in prison construction and costs, with the federal government’s annual expenditures in the area, now $17 billion. In California, passage of the infamous “three strikes” bill will result in the construction of an additional 20 prisons during the next few years.——————-So crime has been either STAGNANT, or DROPPING precipitously, yet the prison population has been INCREASING?Why?Because this wackjob corporatist “the market is everything” ideology is driving who gets imprisoned and more importantly who STAYS there. No longer concerned with REDUCING recidivism, these companies will do everything in their power to ENCOURAGE it, because it helps their bottom line.This really is the new Gulag, the new slavery. Everything old, is new again. New and shiny, and wrapped in a business suit.

  • 5by5

    I just wanted to point out a key part of that CorpWatch article:

    ——————-
    A hundred years ago private prisons were a familiar feature of American life, with disastrous consequences. Prisoners were farmed out as slave labor. They were routinely beaten and abused, fed slop and kept in horribly overcrowded cells. Conditions were so wretched that by the end of the nineteenth century private prisons were outlawed in most states.

    During the past decade, private prisons have made a comeback. Already 28 states have passed legislation making it legal for private contractors to run correctional facilities and many more states are expected to follow suit.The reasons for the rapid expansion include the 1990′s free-market ideological fervor, large budget deficits for the federal and state governments and the discovery and creation of vast new reserves of “raw materials” — prisoners. The rate for most serious crimes has been dropping or stagnant for the past 15 years, but during the same period severe repeat offender provisions and a racist “get-tough” policy on drugs have helped push the US prison population up from 300,000 to around 1.5 million during the same period. This has produced a corresponding boom in prison construction and costs, with the federal government’s annual expenditures in the area, now $17 billion. In California, passage of the infamous “three strikes” bill will result in the construction of an additional 20 prisons during the next few years.——————-So crime has been either STAGNANT, or DROPPING precipitously, yet the prison population has been INCREASING?Why?Because this wackjob corporatist “the market is everything” ideology is driving who gets imprisoned and more importantly who STAYS there. No longer concerned with REDUCING recidivism, these companies will do everything in their power to ENCOURAGE it, because it helps their bottom line.This really is the new Gulag, the new slavery. Everything old, is new again. New and shiny, and wrapped in a business suit.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Obviously the marijuana laws in the US make no sense whatsoever, and if I paid taxes in the US I would certainly not be happy about my tax money funding the food and shelter of this asshole for the next 40 years. But the fact remains dude obviously didn’t give a shit about the laws or the punishment and is now paying the price. It’s just as much his fault as the gov’t's shitty laws. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a dirt merchant before so I’m not about to judge the morality of his actions, but this guy is plainly dumber than a sack of hammers and fucked himself in the ass. I can easily put myself in the judge’s shoes and understand his reasoning.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Obviously the marijuana laws in the US make no sense whatsoever, and if I paid taxes in the US I would certainly not be happy about my tax money funding the food and shelter of this asshole for the next 40 years. But the fact remains dude obviously didn’t give a shit about the laws or the punishment and is now paying the price. It’s just as much his fault as the gov’t's shitty laws. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a dirt merchant before so I’m not about to judge the morality of his actions, but this guy is plainly dumber than a sack of hammers and fucked himself in the ass. I can easily put myself in the judge’s shoes and understand his reasoning.

    • Stonewall

      Stupidity is not against the law, some of you should be thankful for that. The point is U.S. incarcerations are the highest in the world. Laws to enslave men like cattle to profit politicians, corporations and judges are a danger to all of us. This country is no longer run by and for the people. Unless we find the courage to end the siege our current state of slavery will only get worse whether in or outside the prison walls.

    • Hacierbien

      I think that if everyone who was charged with possession and/or sale of drugs in the USA demanded their right to a jury trial it would clog the system and close the courts. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer place. 

  • Stonewall

    Stupidity is not against the law, some of you should be thankful for that. The point is U.S. incarcerations are the highest in the world. Laws to enslave men like cattle to profit politicians, corporations and judges are a danger to all of us. This country is no longer run by and for the people. Unless we find the courage to end the siege our current state of slavery will only get worse whether in or outside the prison walls.

  • Hacierbien

    I think that if everyone who was charged with possession and/or sale of drugs in the USA demanded their right to a jury trial it would clog the system and close the courts. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer place. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Loftcraft/100002368449465 James Loftcraft

    This is just unbelievable… How can you get life imprisonment for that? I mean, cigarettes are much more dangerous than marijuana but they are legal to sell. You can even buy white diesel online. What is the problem with legalizing marijuana for the general public? Some people can’t get over their misconceptions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Loftcraft/100002368449465 James Loftcraft

    This is just unbelievable… How can you get life imprisonment for that? I mean, cigarettes are much more dangerous than marijuana but they are legal to sell. You can even buy white diesel online. What is the problem with legalizing marijuana for the general public? Some people can’t get over their misconceptions.

    • lindadamond

      I have to agree with that. Not legalizing marijuana which is not addictive and mainly harmless, is just a misconception of some people. At some point, the pressure coming from the public will have its toll on the politicians who don’t want that and they will be forced to do that anyway. One of my friends that works for the Evenimentul newspaper is a strong advocate of that.

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with that. Not legalizing marijuana which is not addictive and mainly harmless, is just a misconception of some people. At some point, the pressure coming from the public will have its toll on the politicians who don’t want that and they will be forced to do that anyway. One of my friends that works for the Evenimentul newspaper is a strong advocate of that.