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(Juneau Empire)   Instead of accepting a misdemeanor ticket for possessing a joint, man swallows it when a cop approaches. Which is considered tampering with evidence. Which is a felony   (juneauempire.com) divider line 15
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2012-08-19 05:45:44 AM
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Bathia_Mapes: martissimo: Unless he was stupid enough to tell the cop "yeah I ate that joint, sorry", a competent lawyer gets him off with that same 2k charge (in lawyers fees instead), but without the felony conviction and up to 90 days part.

Not like they went Cheech and Chong labrador sketch style and got any evidence, could have easily been the end of a candy cane for instance

RTA. A police officer saw him eat the joint.


No. The police officer saw him eat what he assumed was a joint. It could have just as easily been an herbal supplement.

/Yeah. I've been catching up on Breaking Bad episodes.
2012-08-19 09:17:06 AM
2 votes:
Shakes my head... Here in Canada, the cops would just be like "oh, well, we think he was smoking a joint, but when we got there, he had nothing on him, Oh well..
2012-08-19 09:17:06 AM
2 votes:
He should fight, sounds like their evidence is shiat.
Pud [TotalFark]
2012-08-19 08:28:41 AM
2 votes:
Alaska law allows a person to possess less than four ounces of marijuana (plant or dried) in the home, but not in public.

But he can get up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine (On the tax payers dime) for eating the joint. Seems a little overkill to me. Do you really think he's going to have the $50,000 to pay the fine? That's going to be a write off.
2012-08-19 05:34:36 PM
1 votes:
Also, for some of us, the misdemeanor ticket could result in the loss of our jobs. Working for a government agency that gives you a position of public trust clearance requires no drug activity for the past 7 years, no matter how minor. If I were the type to smoke pot, I'd swallow it in a second and then fight the "evidence" charge in court.
2012-08-19 01:29:59 PM
1 votes:

sauce_jenkins: Prove it. Beyond a reasonable doubt, prove it. Can't? Oh well, no case.


Yup. It reminds me of the last time I was on a jury in a pot possession case. The situation was that the defendant was in front of a parked car, which two officers approached from behind. As they did so, they saw the defendant make a "throwing motion" below the level of the car hood, then found a bag of weed under the car. They then arrested the guy for possession.

Our reasoning was that since the cops never actually saw the bag in the guy's hand, never saw it leave his hand, or land under the car, the bag could have been anybody's. The "throwing motion" could just as easily been him swatting a fly away. Verdict: not guilty.

Do I believe it was his bag? Hell yes. Did they prove it? No.
2012-08-19 09:52:05 AM
1 votes:
I have met people who always eat the nubbin as a matter of course.
2012-08-19 09:49:19 AM
1 votes:

Cataholic: pla: FTA: "People don't understand that having the marijuana is a class 'B' misdemeanor, which is like one step above running a red light. Then when they destroy it, and they're tampering with physical evidence, that's a higher charge," Campbell said.

And that right there pretty much describes one of the biggest problems with our legal system - People don't understand 95% of the arbitrary BS that can mean the difference between a small fine and 5 years in prison.

If the people don't understand the law, the law, not the people, needs to change.

If people can't grasp the basic concept that lying to cover up a crime is usually worse than the crime itself, we are done as a society.


Smoking weed is not a crime, no matter what the law says.
2012-08-19 09:41:47 AM
1 votes:
Police say they forwarded felony "tampering with physical evidence" charges against a 24-year-old man after he apparently ingested a marijuana joint when confronted by a police officer.

Keyword is key.
2012-08-19 09:32:56 AM
1 votes:

BolloxReader: /most of 'em that I know are NOT down with this sort of mentality


Odd, because they seem to overwhelmingly vote for the party that epitomizes this mentality. One would think that they agree with it based on their concrete actions instead of easily denied words.
pla
2012-08-19 09:22:15 AM
1 votes:
FTA: "People don't understand that having the marijuana is a class 'B' misdemeanor, which is like one step above running a red light. Then when they destroy it, and they're tampering with physical evidence, that's a higher charge," Campbell said.

And that right there pretty much describes one of the biggest problems with our legal system - People don't understand 95% of the arbitrary BS that can mean the difference between a small fine and 5 years in prison.

If the people don't understand the law, the law, not the people, needs to change.
2012-08-19 09:08:33 AM
1 votes:

Bathia_Mapes: martissimo: Unless he was stupid enough to tell the cop "yeah I ate that joint, sorry", a competent lawyer gets him off with that same 2k charge (in lawyers fees instead), but without the felony conviction and up to 90 days part.

Not like they went Cheech and Chong labrador sketch style and got any evidence, could have easily been the end of a candy cane for instance

RTA. A police officer saw him eat the joint.


And cops never, ever, lie.
2012-08-19 09:01:28 AM
1 votes:
Where is the cop's evidence?

Unless there was another witness that will testify in court that the guy ate something that looked like a joint they will dismiss the charge.
2012-08-19 08:38:39 AM
1 votes:
Either way, the War on Drugs wins yet another casualty.
2012-08-19 02:33:22 AM
1 votes:
Unless he was stupid enough to tell the cop "yeah I ate that joint, sorry", a competent lawyer gets him off with that same 2k charge (in lawyers fees instead), but without the felony conviction and up to 90 days part.

Not like they went Cheech and Chong labrador sketch style and got any evidence, could have easily been the end of a candy cane for instance
 
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