Skip to comments.Baltimore prosecutor files petition to erase pot convictions [Mosby]
Posted on 01/31/2019 3:16:24 PM PST by Olog-hai
Baltimores top prosecutor has filed a rarely used legal petition intended to vacate 3,778 convictions for possession of marijuana, arguing an extraordinary legal strategy is necessary to right an extraordinary wrong.
In a highly unusual Maryland v. Maryland filing in state court, States Attorney Marilyn Mosby used a petition called writ of error coram nobis that allows a court to reopen cases when substantial error is found that wasnt apparent in initial judgments. The petition, if granted, could wipe out thousands of pot possession convictions.
Mosbys arguments are based on what she paints as an opportunity to achieve retroactive justice by acknowledging racial disparities in how pot possession cases over years were policed and prosecuted in Baltimore, a city under a federal oversight program due to discriminatory and unconstitutional policing.
The sordid history of marijuana prohibition lies in ethnic and racial bigotry, she writes in the filing, which notes that racial disparities in possession arrests continue to exist in majority-black Baltimore even after Marylands 2014 decriminalization of amounts less than 10 grams.
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[and racial bigotry]
It’s all a plot by whitey.
They JUST had to throw that in. They can’t contain themselves. EVERYTHING is about race to these idiots.
I don’t care about your BS reasons, Mosby, just let people who are not criminals out of prison.
“racial disparity” in arrests is not necessarily indicative of anything except differences in BEHAVIOR.
I see other articles that this prosecutor has stated they will no longer prosecute any Marijuana possession cases.
In other news, Baltimore is changing it’s name to Tokesummore
They don’t enforce immigration laws so why bother prosecuting for weed?
[They JUST had to throw that in. They cant contain themselves. EVERYTHING is about race to these idiots.]
It gives them “credibility” - as in “street cred”.
She’s pining for the days of Barack and Eric.
Most of the weed is immigrant.
Nothing is too absurd for Baltimore. That’s why residents are leaving in droves.
Wondered whatever happened to her, guess still crying Racist.
Convictions on marijuana possession often piggyback on arrests made for more serious violations. Rape, burglary, theft, assault, even murder. You name it. Arrest some thug and not find pot on them? Not likely.
But... DA’s often find to hard and troublesome to make a case for the serious crimes. The courts are backlogged and it’s far easier to get a plea deal for possession. So that’s what they do.
So they essentially put a career criminal in prison where he belongs just because of a few ounces.
Is this wrong? Should they instead spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars making the real case for which the thug was arrested for? Or should they just dismiss 2/3 of all arrests because they don’t have the courts available to handle these cases?
Yeah, its a cop-out to take the easy way out and use possession as the way to get these thugs in jail. But this is the world we live in.
So for Mosby or anyone to use marijuana convictions as a race card or as “proof” that anyone - black or white - is in jail simply for possession is false.
Just not true.
There is an easy way to stay out of prison. I’m white but I think it would work for most any race;
Sadly, blacks do not care about laws....I mean the BLACKS WHO ARE IN OFFICE! DISGUSTING!
And if any of this is true, then which party was running Baltimore during those years?
Is Mosby going to let out all the people who pleaded guilty to marijuana possession though they were arrested for far more heinous crimes?
cuz of Single Parent Families.
Thank you LBJ.
He said after the great society passed, he’d have “those n*s voting Democratic for two hundred years”
Prior to this he is quoted as saying These Negroes, theyre getting pretty uppity these days, and thats a problem for us, since theyve got something now they never had before: the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now weve got to do something about this weve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.
The rats planned this. Destroy their families, get their vote.
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