U.S. Attorney To Represent Cop in Pot Seizure Case

U.S. Attorney To Represent Cop in Pot Seizure Case
Posted by CN Staff on January 18, 2004 at 21:04:17 PT
By Susan Bacon
Source: Vail Daily 
The U.S. Attorney's Office will represent at least one of nine police officers cited for contempt of court for not complying with a Routt County Court order to return medicinal marijuana to its owner.The drugs were seized during a search of a Hayden man's home in mid-October. The case has highlighted a conflict between a voter-approved state law allowing medicinal use of marijuana and federal laws that do not permit such marijuana use.
Jeff Dorschner, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office, said his office represents the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in all court matters, so would be representing Doug Cortinovis, a DEA special agent who participated in the search.The other officers involved were either officers with GRAMNET - the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team - a federal task force made up of local officers. All the officers cited were directed to appear in Routt County court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2 to show why they should not be punished for defying the court order.Dorschner could not confirm which officers other than Cortinovis the U.S. Attorney would represent because that decision is not yet official."It is my understanding that the other officers have requested representation and there is a special process through the Department of Justice in Washington to authorize our representation of them, and that process is ongoing," Dorschner said.Deputy District Attorney Marc Guerette, who initially represented the officers, said the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office is not involved at this point.The GRAMNET officers who are cited and who could be represented by the U.S. Attorney's Office are Dan Kelliher of the Routt County Sheriff's Office, Dwight Murphy of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Mike Lovin of the Grand County Sheriff's Office, Jenny Hoefner of the Craig Police Department and Todd Reese of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.Hayden officers who also received citations are Chief Jody Lenahan, Ed Corriveau and Darin Falk. Lenahan said that the U.S. Attorney's Office had offered to represent the Hayden officers, but that they have to go through their insurance company first to determine whom their lawyers should be.Hayden Mayor Chuck Grobe confirmed that the town is working with its insurance company, and said that he couldn't remember a time in the past when Hayden officers had been held in contempt of court."They got involved (in the search) because it was in our jurisdiction and GRAMNET just asked for their assistance," Grobe said. "I'm sure our officers will be exonerated when it's all said and done.?The officers were cited after 2 ounces of usable marijuana and smoking pipes were not returned to Hayden resident Don Nord, 57, who has a medicinal marijuana license. The drugs and equipment were ordered to be returned by a county judge. The equipment was returned in late December.Source: Vail Daily (CO)Author: Susan BaconPublished: January 18, 2004Copyright: 2004 vaildaily.comContact: editor vaildaily.comWebsite: Articles:Medical Pot Case Tests Federal Law, Jail Possible for Police Officers Cited for Contempt in Pot Case Should Give Back Patient's Pot
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on January 19, 2004 at 08:15:16 PT
Fox News
I just saw on Fox News that they will be talking about this case. I thought some of you might want to try to see it.
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Comment #4 posted by paulpeterson on January 19, 2004 at 00:38:49 PT
E Johnson
I'll wear the black robe, we'll go on with the slant: "Cops, bring your busts to the REAL JUDGE OF THINGS, the public". We'll get our advertizers to help us to pay "bonus bust bucks" where there is fraud, corruption, greed that other cops witness. That way, they get paid to do the right thing, that is to turn in bad cops. Of course we'll have an audience controlled and "polled" result, I'll just be there to ensure that ALL THE EVIDENCE comes in, for the audience and all, of course.On second thought, how bout a GREEN ROBE, and a vaporizer shaped as that Perry Mason hammer thing (gavel, that is). Or those Bozos in Colorado might do well with a song and dance number, sort of a reprise of the "Singing Cowboys". Break into a Jim Carey number like "In Havana" from the Mask.Business for cable shows should pick up nicely, of course, as we stream towards legalization. My theory is that what with the "chatter" of more than vicious prosecutions in California & Washington States, the "antis" are circling the wagons for a last stand. They're shooting at anything that moves and whoops. The Lone Ranger isn't quite down to his last few "silver bullets" yet, but I can just make out his mask (speaking of masks). I can't wait until we find out really who Zorro is after all (in case you missed the credits and all). OK folks, back to TV land. 
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Comment #3 posted by E_Johnson on January 19, 2004 at 00:13:17 PT
This is very entertaining
It would be fun if they could turn this case into reality TV show.
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Comment #2 posted by breeze on January 18, 2004 at 21:38:42 PT
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 18, 2004 at 21:05:50 PT
This Link Might Be Good for Letters To The Editor
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