Skip to comments.Pot charge possible after Phelps' pipe photo
Posted on 02/03/2009 1:45:19 PM PST by King of Card Games
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Olympic superstar Michael Phelps could face criminal charges as part of the fallout from a photo that surfaced showing the swimmer smoking from a marijuana pipe at a University of South Carolina house party.
A spokesman for Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who is known for his tough stance on drugs, said Tuesday the department was investigating.
"Our narcotics division is reviewing the information that we have, and they're investigating what charges, if any, will be filed," said Lt. Chris Cowan, a spokesman for agency.
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Paging former Mayor Marion Barry!
So, they can get marijauna residue from a photograph now?
Didn’t Phelps already admit to it?
If this sheriff goes through with this I see a well funded opponent in his political future.
They would have to prove that whatever was in the pipe was illegal. Hard to do.
GO COCKS! U-S-C GOOOOOOO COCKS!
“A spokesman for Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who is known for his tough stance on drugs”.
As opposed to battling the tougher crimes involving violence and property damage and theft.
Pot smoking college kids are not going to hurt anyone. As a public health threat, their alcohol consumption is by far the greater danger.
One more life ruined by a government that thinks it needs to control every aspect of our lives.
He already admitted it was pot
But I cant see busting someone for a picture
He was mistken. Someone told him it was pot, but he’s not sure.
Or so I suspect will be the story.
Ummm, pot picture or not, this would be beyond stupid and probably go a long way to get marijuana legalized.
Prosecuting someone for a PICTURE? Heck, go in to court, say “I thought it was pot, turns out it was tobacco, prove otherwise”.
Someone is just trying to make a name for themself.
I worked in a photoshop in the UK. I developed a guy’s photos from a trip. We had to go through the photos to see if they were done properly and to count them before packaging. It the stack were snaps of he and his girlfriend snorting coke with a rolled up dollar bill. When he came to pick them up (and boy was he an arrogant SOB) I called him into the back of the shop. He barely spoke because he was too busy talking of the cell phone. He remained talking......and then I held the picture up. “Uh, I’ll call you back”, he said. Then, finally, he hung up. I chewed his @ss out and told him I had every right to call the police. Told him what a dumb@ss he was.....and sent him on his merry way. ;)
How about Merman Buttaface.
Still can’t prove it. Heck, for all he knew, it could have been oregano. Wink Wink
Not exactly. He admitted to “regrettable behavior” and using bad judgment, but he didn't actually say anything about smoking pot, although i's pretty obvious that's what he was referring to when he issued his apology. He needs to just keep his mouth shut about it now.
What a dumb@ss Phelps was to admit he was smoking pot.
Richland County Sheriff.
We got ourselves another Blago/Edwards/Spitzer/Sutton/Nifong here.
Yeah I know the type. World class athlete. Rich now, and if he’s even mildly careful, he will be for the rest of his life. The war on some drugs claims another victim.
The DA still has to prove that a crime has been committed. The DA would have to prove that it was actually Phelps in the photo, that marijuana was actually in the bong, and that Phelps actually smoked it.
And aren’t there probably witnesses that could be coerced into saying it was marijuana?
Do you really think a jury would convict a record breaking, beloved Olympian for someone else saying he smoked some pot?
Well, I’m sure you might could get someone out there to round up 12 people, but seriously, this would get the legalize marijuana groups going into fits. What would be gained by that?
This is silly. What next? Will police charge people for drug use mentioned in their biographies?
Yep Yep Yep
Nanny statist attention whore.
How about you try solving a crime involving an actual victim? Or is that too dangerous, Leon?
By this rationale, why don’t they charge our current sitting President. Afterall, he published an autobiography admitting to smoking pot, snorting blow, and drinking alcohol as a minor. Why not charge him?
If they charge Phelps, I want charges brought against Obama! Oh darn, statute of limitations probably. But still!
End the failed war on pot.
If the Sheriff is serious about charging Phelps you can bet he's looking for witnesses right now.
I think this would be a dumb move on the sheriff's part. If he goes through with this I bet he has an extremely well funded opponent in his next election.
I doubt many fear the marijuana-legalization crowd. I mean, if the U.S. House of Representatives were to vote on ending the federal government’s involvement in marijuana crime completely; I’d be shocked if the pro-marijuana side could muster even 100 votes of the 218 needed.
Honestly, I didn't think it looked much like him from the picture. :-)
The photo doesn't have the strength of evidence that can prove he smoked marijuana, but, considered along with Phelps abject apology, it sure seems that way. He never denied the assumption that he was smoking pot. So, very likely no criminal charges will ensue but this won't help Phelps's merchandise himself. Towering achievements in sports (his 8 Olympic gold metals for swimming) and sucking marijuana smoke into your lungs tend to be somewhat incompatible.
Some conservatives characterizing Michael Phelp's alleged pot smoking as of no consequence and irrelevant demonstrates how far the U.S. has gone down the road toward moral bankruptcy. This young man is a famous, highly acclaimed athlete and his sucking up what is very likely marijuana smoke sends the same old corrupting message that getting high is 'cool' and nothing to be concerned about. See, even political conservatives agree! Sad.
I can't believe he could be so stupid as to do it at a party. There are always envious people who would love to bring him down. Whatever, many parents worried about drug use by their children would not now buy a cereal with his picture.
Then you have the nitwit Jane Valdez Mitchells who bemoan, "We should not be judgmental." You have people committing crimes and we should not be judgemental. This was echoed by Lisa Bloom looking weird in her Farah Fawcett wig. Hate to think Jane or Lisa serving on a jury.
Any damage the pot would have caused him pales in comparison to the legal damage caused by this ignorant war.
The only real problems that pot has caused ANYONE successful is legal trouble and other issues stemming from being illegal.
So, why doesn’t this Sheriff go after the current occupant of the White House? He has admitted to pot and cocaine use in his own biography that Bill Ayers wrote for him. Why play favorites?
Just another politician sheriff trying to get his puss in the media. In the meantime, I suspect burglars in his county are having a hayday.
With that, he wasn’t read his Miranda rights when he gave the statement. Inadmissible in court.
People who are cheering this need to think about what each did years ago. The statute of limitations was just suspended in discrimination cases. It can be suspended for anything.
I certainly hope no one got a picture of me smoking oregano in 1980. It could come back to haunt me.
Not under oath
I’m not saying they would get pot legalized, I’m saying it would draw unneccessary attention to a silly trial. I don’t mean they would make it legal.
Geeeez he’s aa friggin 23 year old kid who for the first time probably has a lot of attention and girls and lots of money ..BIG DEAL he smoked some pot. Most politicians use heavier stuff than that . You can’t bust anyone from a picture , how stupid. The same folks slamming this kid will defend their precious IV drug using baseball stars to the hilt.