Judge Declines To Issue Gag Order 

  Judge Declines To Issue Gag Order 

Posted by CN Staff on January 23, 2003 at 15:42:32 PT
By The Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 

The federal judge presiding over the marijuana cultivation trial of Ed Rosenthal, the self-described "Guru of Ganja," declined Thursday to impose a gag order. Federal prosecutors had sought to keep the defendant and his attorneys from speaking to the media amid fears that the bombardment of publicity the case has generated could taint the jury.
"I think there has been a concerted, organized effort to influence the jury," prosecutor George Bevan told U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer. Rosenthal, who has written several how-to-grow marijuana books, faces a possible life term if convicted. Rosenthal, 58, says he was growing medical marijuana as authorized by California's Proposition 215, approved by voters in 1996. But the federal government doesn't recognize that state law and Breyer has prohibited Rosenthal and his lawyers from making that defense to the jury. So Rosenthal has told his story to a host of media outlets, and the government wanted him stopped. Prosecutor Bevan also objected to protesters outside the courthouse handing out literature urging jurors to use their "discretion" when formulating a verdict. The judge, however, said he has repeatedly instructed the jury to refrain from reading, listening to or watching accounts of the trial outside the courtroom. "I'm certainly hopeful jurors will follow the law," Breyer said. "I'm not about to shackle people's First Amendment rights." Complete Title: Judge Declines To Issue Gag Order in Guru of Ganja Case Source: Associated Press Published:  Thursday, January 23, 2003 Copyright: 2003 Associated Press Related Articles & Web Sites:Green-Aid.com Americans For Safe Accesshttp://www.safeaccessnow.orgEd Rosenthal's Trial Pictures & Articles Weighs Pot-Trial Gag Prejudicial Judge? - San Francisco Examiner Order Draws First-Amendment Expert 

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Comment #9 posted by malleus2 on January 24, 2003 at 11:07:27 PT
Somebody got outfoxed...
Breyer probably thought that he could act with impunity by allowing the prosecution to make this move...and it caught him with his pants down when Rosenthal's lawyers, rather than meekly and mildly complying, returned fire.This is the same move that was used to prevent Peter McWilliams from entering the medical defense'...and which eventually led to his 'murder-by-decree'. Had the publicity campaign waged by reformers been implemented then, it's possible he might still be alive, today. So Breyer has been forced to leave the door open to the eventual mentioning, however obliquely, of the medical defense.Fed cannabis prohibition is doomed if Breyer loses...and he may have just lost.
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Comment #8 posted by The GCW on January 24, 2003 at 05:52:29 PT
This is about hatred.
In another story, Ed said "He hates me." (speaking aobut the judge) A Prejudicial Judge?It is a key observation. That the judge hates Him, is relevent.Make note.The judge hates Him.Christ loves Him.One gives cannabis the other takes it away.
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on January 24, 2003 at 05:14:00 PT
p4me + Ed is on My mind...
Thank You for the Helen Thomas story. With out TV, I think she's the older woman with the Jimmy Durante nose... She is credible.Ed is on My mind.As I'm in prayer and investigating Nag Hammadi & The Dead Sea Scrolls... I came up with these that seems like they more than remeind Me of Ed, but relate to Ed.The Parable of the Bountiful Tree 
4Q302aF.1 Col.2Please consider this, you who are wise: If a man has a fine tree,
which grows high, all the way to heaven (...) (...) of the soil, and
it produces succulent fruit every year with the autumn rains
and the spring rains, (...) and in thirst, will he not (...) and guard it
(...) to multiply the boughs (?) of (...) from its shoot, to increase
(...) and its mass of branches (...)F.2 Col.1(...) your God (...) your hearts (...) (...) with a willing spirit.
(...) Shall God establish (...) from your hand?
When you rebel, (...) your intentions, will He not confront you
, reprove you and reply to your complaint? 
(...) As for God, His dwelling is in heaven, and his kingdom
embraces the lands ; in the seas (...) in them, and (...)
From the Dead Sea Scrolls=-=Psalm 8. Teachers of lies have comforted your people 
and now they stumble, foolishly. (the whole Psalm 8 from link above)Psalm 8.I thank you, O Lord.
You illumined my face by your covenant.
I seek you,
As sure as the dawn you appear as perfect light.Teachers of lies have comforted your people 
and now they stumble, foolishly.
They abhor themselves 
and do not esteem me through whom your wonders
and powers are manifest.
They have banished me from my land like a bird
from its nest, and my friends
and neighbors are driven from me.
They think me a broken pot.
They preach lies. They are dissembling prophets.
They devise baseness against me,
exchanging your teaching, written in my heart,
for smooth words.
They deny knowledge to the thirsty
and force them to drink vinegar to cover up error.
They stumble through mad feasts, 
but you, God, spurn the schemes of Belial.
Your wisdom prevails.
Your hearts meditation prevails, established forever. Psalm 23. Your holy spirit
illuminates the dark places of the heart
of your servant,
with light like the sun.
I look to the covenants made by men,
Only your truth shines,
and those who love it are wise
and walk in the glow
of your light.
From darkness you raise hearts.
Let light shine on your servant.
Your light is everlasting.=-=
Psalm 8:6 (N.A.S.B.)You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
     You have put all things under his feet,
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Comment #6 posted by delariand on January 23, 2003 at 21:48:10 PT

Good old founding fathers
"I'm certainly hopeful jurors will follow the law," Breyer said. "I'm not about to shackle people's First Amendment rights." Hey, if he's willing to respect the 1st amendment, maybe he'll respect the 10th amendment too? If you look at this issue from a purely constitutional standpoint, the government has become exactly what the constitution was designed to prevent.
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Comment #5 posted by p4me on January 23, 2003 at 19:50:53 PT

I like it when someone agrees with me
Mayan, the poll I saw said 54% said dickhead was doing okay. CNN had Busch down to 56% ten days ago and now says 5% have changed their minds and now the Great Right Dummy is back up to 61%. Sure. I believe everything you liars say.The old woman that has been in the White House newa briefing for eight presidents, Helen Thomas, called Bush the worst President ever. I agree.Helen Thomas- : "This is the worst president ever,” she said. “He is the worst president in all of American history.”The woman who has known eight of them wasn’t joking. Publish Date:January 19, 2003

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Comment #4 posted by FoM on January 23, 2003 at 19:01:35 PT

I really hope this trial goes well. So far I think I can cautiously say it is. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Comment #3 posted by mayan on January 23, 2003 at 18:22:14 PT

This is definitely good news! I expected a gag order, myself. I still don't know if there is much hope for Ed though. I believe there is hope unless this jury is completely stacked. The feds have lost all credibility in this war on cannabis. I haven't heard a word of this trial from the cable news channels. Has anybody else? On a different note, President Bush's approval rating is at it's lowest point since 9/11 & the rest of the world turns more against him every day. The price of gold is at a 6 year high(I believe oil is also). If I'm not mistaken, the U.N. weapons inspectors report comes out monday & Bush's state of the union speech is tuesday. Seems like an opportune time for another staged terror attack, doesn't it? I hope everyone is safe at the super bowl on sunday. The sh*t may hit the fan real quick. It makes one wonder, doesn't it?The way out is the way in -Beating the drums for justice: Calls for Bush's impeachment for 9/11 Truth Alliance: Exposed: 9/11 Investigative Community: 9/11 Conspiracy: No Mistake About It - 9/11 Was An Inside Job: 9/11 Truth Movement - Selected Resources for Researchers and Activists: "Conspiracies" and the Defactualisation of Analysis: Skeptics Unite: People's Investigation of 9/11:
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Comment #2 posted by Robbie on January 23, 2003 at 18:11:57 PT

Well, blow me down!
I was expecting a yes there. I'm surprised Breyer didn't favor the gag.This will be a victory, especially when the country is allowed to see a blatant example of the denial of states rights. We'll see what happens.Then again, people are ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, so anything is possible anymore.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 23, 2003 at 16:31:37 PT

One Victory Down More To Go!
This is GOOD news!
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