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(Western Daily Press)   Artist successfully confuses jury by claiming that 73 bags of magic mushrooms were needed to make sculpture   (westpress.co.uk) divider line 85
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2004-04-22 12:47:08 PM  
Mario Wept.
 
2004-04-22 12:47:56 PM  
www.magicmushroomcove.com
 
2004-04-22 12:49:09 PM  
Usually, defenses of stupid art just make me laugh. But this one makes me proud. Way to beat the system.
 
2004-04-22 12:49:25 PM  

"An artist caught with 73 bags of magic mushrooms at the Glastonbury pop festival told a jury yesterday he was not intending to sell them - he was going to use them to make a model of a volcano..."


Richard Dreyfuss ?

 
2004-04-22 12:49:27 PM  
badger badger badger badger....
 
2004-04-22 12:49:48 PM  
like a red-headed stepchild!
 
2004-04-22 12:50:12 PM  
Except now he probably DOES have to produce the damn volcano sculpture... Oh well... one lucky buyer can purchase it for the "artistic value".
 
2004-04-22 12:50:20 PM  
I thought this was going to be a really interesting story about a clever artist using his cunning wit to get out of a drug charge. Turns out he's just an asshat. Bummer.
 
Zel
2004-04-22 12:51:10 PM  
ignorance of the law is a defense now?

/moves to britain
 
2004-04-22 12:51:47 PM  
so that's where all my mushrooms in my backyard went....



/dizzy
 
2004-04-22 12:52:02 PM  
Psilocin? I think it's psilocybin. Some crack reporting right there.
 
2004-04-22 12:52:13 PM  
Aaron Sorkin is kicking himself right about now for not thinking of this defense.

It must be tough police work to go to a big hippie gathering and bust people for drugs.
 
2004-04-22 12:52:50 PM  
Some schrooms grow in poop.
 
2004-04-22 12:53:54 PM  
His false wig and ponytail fell off in the struggle - at which he allegedly said to officers: "That was my cunning disguise - it didn't work did it?"

Yup - sounds like something you'd do and say on mushrooms. And then you'd giggle a whole lot.
 
2004-04-22 12:55:18 PM  
Laws against plants. Laws against plants. Sometimes I think humanity is too stupid to live.
 
2004-04-22 12:56:33 PM  
Barroom brawls are performance art and that ain't sexual harassment, it's poetry.
 
2004-04-22 12:56:51 PM  
73 bags of mushrooms?

Just thinking about it makes my carpet grow into a lizard.
 
lws
2004-04-22 12:57:17 PM  
there were lots of people selling magic mushrooms at glastonbury, quite legaly too, he only got arrested because the ones he had were dryed out. If they're no dried/powdered they're completely legal in the UK.


/walls melting
 
2004-04-22 12:58:45 PM  
An artist caught with 73 bags of magic mushrooms at the Glastonbury pop festival told a jury yesterday he was not intending to sell them...

Magic mushrooms? I thought they stopped making those in the 80's. Who would want to buy a 20 year old air freshener anyway?

/this looks like a good place for a stick-up

[Yay, this is my Boobies after being banninated for 6 months! I hope the filter makes my previous sentence more amusing.]
 
2004-04-22 12:58:53 PM  
Alexis: Time flies like wind. Fruit flies like THAT BANANA YOU'RE TRYING TO SMUGGLE ACROSS THE BORDER, CITIZEN!
 
2004-04-22 12:59:12 PM  
Asked what he intended to do with the 73 bags he told the jury: "I was going to make a magic mushroom sculpture in the Green Field (the hippies' field at Glastonbury)."

"I was going to make a sculpture of a volcano and gaze up at it."


Uh huh. And then what? What do you do with it once the festival is over and you are done gazing?

Congrats for getting it past the jury. You'd lose an appeal. (I say while knowing nothing of the British court system)
 
2004-04-22 12:59:17 PM  
So, the Crazy Defense worked? Cool.
 
2004-04-22 12:59:39 PM  
Yay, this is my Boobies...

Ahh, mission accomplished.
 
2004-04-22 12:59:56 PM  
No, your honour - I was making a pill palace.
 
2004-04-22 01:00:40 PM  
Even worse, Alexis, laws against fungi! Pa-lease!
 
2004-04-22 01:01:02 PM  
Hero?
Not for selling/creating art with drugs, but for completely confusing the legal system.
 
2004-04-22 01:01:37 PM  
In a police interview Thomas boasted that he could consume "a couple of hundred at one time because his body had got used to them,"

A couple hundred? Is this also something someone would say while they are on mushrooms?
 
2004-04-22 01:01:37 PM  
"The Crown Prosecution Service has a week to decide whether to have the case re-tried or drop the charge."

Isn't that double-jeopardy or something? I know very little about the law, but I thought you couldn't be tries twice for the same crime, at least in the US. Or does that only apply to people who have been found guilty?
 
2004-04-22 01:03:36 PM  
Purely inspiration?
 
2004-04-22 01:03:46 PM  
 
2004-04-22 01:03:47 PM  
waitaminute...

he can not lose an appeal he won. what kind of mushies are you eating?
 
2004-04-22 01:04:48 PM  
Thomas boasted that he could consume "a couple of hundred at one time because his body had got used to them,"

"I was going to make a sculpture of a volcano and gaze up at it."


HAHAHAHAHHhhaaaaahhahaha... whew!

Apparently, his body may have grown accustomed to the shrooms, but his brain packed up and took off for Tahiti some time ago.
 
2004-04-22 01:05:46 PM  
"...and we're gonna sit here and watch you eat them all."


"please no!!"

/supertroopers.. what a great movie
 
2004-04-22 01:07:05 PM  
sculpture make to needed were mushrooms magic of bags 73 that claiming by jury confuses successfully Artist
 
2004-04-22 01:07:33 PM  
Alexis

Laws against plants. Laws against plants. Sometimes I think humanity is too stupid to live


They are a fungus, not a plant.
 
2004-04-22 01:07:57 PM  
debxmat

waitaminute...

he can not lose an appeal he won. what kind of mushies are you eating?


Again, I don't know how British law works, but I believe that both defence and prosecution have the right to appeal. Especially considering that this ended with a hung jury.
 
2004-04-22 01:08:14 PM  


I am the Lizard Queen!
 
2004-04-22 01:08:23 PM  
SlipperyWhenWet: Is this also something someone would say while they are on mushrooms?

Probably. And he's probably correct, to a point. Consider that the compound in mushrooms is like a plug and your brain contains sockets. There are only so many sockets you can plug into. Once those sockets are all plugged, the unused plugs get metabolized out of your system. It's not so much a matter of tolerance as it is capacity.

Also, I didn't think you developed tolerance to psilocybin.
 
2004-04-22 01:09:53 PM  
73 bags of mushrooms to create a volcano sculpture?

he must of ate the other 25 bags before he made that
statemnet.
 
2004-04-22 01:11:43 PM  


"They're magically delicious," Stephen added.
 
2004-04-22 01:12:06 PM  
Mushrooms and paste! Mmmm....
 
2004-04-22 01:12:41 PM  
 
2004-04-22 01:14:01 PM  
Clever, lying little fry-head. Kudo's for working the system. No harm, no foul, no one got hurt...


*it's the yin and yang of the legal system. those of you hotheads upset with this stories outcome, can be comforted by the thought that someone else will get totally screwed over by overzealous prosecuters, and even out the balance-
 
2004-04-22 01:18:14 PM  
In other News, Alanis Morrissette has grown a beard.

 
2004-04-22 01:18:47 PM  
Get me outta this small time Texas town,
I don't wanna be here,
when the sun goes down...



/String Cheese Incident
 
2004-04-22 01:20:26 PM  
"you can't bust me, if you don't know what ya found."


i bet there was one guy on the jury, like myself, who said "i am not voting guilty on this one."
 
2004-04-22 01:23:34 PM  
Good job, NSFW post... I almost got fired.
 
2004-04-22 01:24:16 PM  
waitaminute...

Neither side can appeal, as there has been no verdict.

As it said in the article, the Crown Prosecution Service has a week to decide whether or not it's worth the time and expense of having a retrial.

Had he been aquitted under UK law as it currently stands there would be no way of trying him on the same charges due to double jeopardy. Had he been found guilty, he could have tried to appeal both the conviction and the sentence, and the CPS could appeal the sentence if they thought it was too lenient.
 
2004-04-22 01:26:22 PM  
Typosaurus= banninated. I mean, that counts, right?
 
2004-04-22 01:30:14 PM  
Typosaurus that is indecent, I'm calling the FCC biotch!
 
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