New Orleans: District Attorney Charging Minor Pot Offenders With Felonies

By chillinwill · Jul 25, 2008 · ·
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]New Orleans, LA: Hundreds of low-level pot possession offenders are facing five-to-20 years in prison after being charged with felony offenses by The New Orleans new district attorney, according to an investigative report published this week by the newspaper New Orleans City Business.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The report finds that a disproportionate number of felony cases filed by District Attorney Keva Landrum-Johnson are related to the prosecution of small-time marijuana offenders who are facing their second or third possession offense. Critics of the policy charge, including Steve Singer, the Chief of Trials for the New Orleans Public Defenders Office, charge that the filings have “clogged the courts with non-violent, petty offenses, drained the resources of the criminal justice system and damaged low-income African-American communities.”[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Under Louisiana law, first time pot possession is a misdemeanor offense. However, DA's may charge repeat offenders with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Under state law, a second marijuana possession offense is punishable by up to five years in prison. A third offense is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The city's previous DAs routinely charged repeat pot possession offenders with misdemeanors rather than felonies, the paper reported.
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It estimated that the city courts could handle nearly 4,000 marijuana possession cases this year.“District Attorney Landrum-Johnson may think she's being 'tough on crime,' but really she's being dumb on crime,” NORML Legal Counsel Keith Stroup said. “Her constituents are demanding that she crack down on violent crime. Instead, the DA is clogging the courts and wasting police and prosecutorial resources by throwing the book at pot smokers.” [/FONT]

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  1. Panthers007
    The plan on the table in the backroom is for the Federal government to make a large amount of money off contractors they are in bed with to rebuild New Orleans. The plan is to make this city an exclusive housing project with luxury homes and condominiums. But first they have to get rid of the poor people who were living there. So locking them up in prison for a bag of pot - or anything else they can find - works to that end.

    If you were to argue this was racist (it is), they would be correct in saying it's really not. They just want anyone with under a million dollars out of their way. It's only truly racist when you look at the disproportionate number of people who are poor and African-American or other minorities.
  2. Orchid_Suspiria
    It seems to me more like an assault on poor people in general so I would more so call it classist(does such a word exist?)than racist.Sad really because I love New Orleans.No place on earth can give one such a romantic idea of death than New Orleans with its grand above ground crypts and decaying and haunted plantations.
  3. Panthers007
    Just wait until they get all those millionaires nicely settled into their new luxury condos. Then comes the "Hypercaine" with winds of 500mph roaring in from the Gulf. Then you can go to the decaying condos and hear the wails of the rich under a Moon reflecting off the rusted cell-phone towers...." options...OOOooo...."
  4. fnord
    I cant wait... Notice after fema did whatever it was they did to help with rebuilding alot of the woprk was taken on by anarcist/socilists/politcal activists, i wonder who will be around to help the rich rebuild? i know it wont be the same people as before! One of my friends died after crashing a bus on the way down to Nolo the bus is now being used as a lending library at a black panthers garden. If tehres anyone that lives local id love a pic or two of its resting place, the bus has some cool history,it was once used to blocade shipments of GMO food to a major supermarket supplyer,and used for a few private things...

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