Pot Mutiny, Wherein the People Lead and the Government Follows

by
Abby Zimet

 

After Montana police busted one Touray Cornell for a tiny bit of pot, potential jurors
staged what the prosecutor called "a mutiny" and told the judge no way
no how would they convict anyone for a couple buds of maryjane. Then, in a stunningly sensible but all-too-rare solution that suggests a way for change to happen in this country, lawyers reached a plea agreement.

"Public opinion, as revealed by the reaction of a substantial
portion of the members of the jury called to try the charges on
Dec. 16, 2010, is not supportive of the state's marijuana law and
appeared to prevent any conviction from being obtained simply
because an unbiased jury did not appear available under any
circumstances," according to the plea deal memorandum.

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