View Full Version : Jury pool in marijuana case stages ‘mutiny’

12-24-2010, 04:06 AM

A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week.
Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt.
They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.
The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel.
No, they said, one after the other. No way would they convict somebody for having a 16th of an ounce.
In fact, one juror wondered why the county was wasting time and money prosecuting the case at all, said a flummoxed Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul.
District Judge Dusty Deschamps took a quick poll as to who might agree. Of the 27 potential jurors before him, maybe five raised their hands. A couple of others had already been excused because of their philosophical objections.
“I thought, ‘Geez, I don’t know if we can seat a jury,’ ” said Deschamps, who called a recess.
And he didn’t.

12-24-2010, 10:19 AM
Dude was facing trial for a fat dime???


12-24-2010, 10:59 AM
What the heck ??? :err:


12-24-2010, 03:14 PM
Such a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. Also, jury duty sucks.

12-24-2010, 07:25 PM
Such a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. Also, jury duty sucks.