Skip to comments.New Orleans Prosecutor Drops A Joint Out Of His Pocket In Court
Posted on 10/03/2012 6:37:54 AM PDT by blam
New Orleans Prosecutor Drops A Joint Out Of His Pocket In Court
October 3, 2012
It was business as usual Monday afternoon in the Orleans Parish magistrate court when an assistant city attorney reportedly made a mistake that could haunt him the rest of his career.
Jason Cantrell, the 43-year-old son of a magistrate commissioner, allegedly dropped a joint out of his pocket right in front of New Orleans Police Department officers, The Times-Picayune reported Monday.
Officers reportedly laughed as they escorted Cantrell out of the courtroom and wrote him a summons for simple possession of marijuana.
Marijuana possession in New Orleans is a municipal offense, so police can issue summonses rather than arrest wrongdoers.
A tipster who reported the incident to Above The Law says he has "suspected that more than 50% of the city and its employees, specifically are, at any given time, either stoned, drunk, or on a three hour lunch."
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63% of the residents of New Orleans cannot read or write.
dey all on welfayer
I’ve always said that if we MANDATED every government employee to take a random drug and alcohol test we would easily find 47% need to be fired.
I take offense at this. I don’t use marijuana and I can only down 3 Sazeracs in my 90 minute lunch.
Stoned, drunk, on three hour lunches...
’ ... but, Your Honor, it was evidence in another case, and I was carrying it to maintain the chain-of-custody. Honest. Sir.’
I can almost smell Bourbon Street and that lavender soapy street wash.
I can smell it and I’m 240 miles away.............
One of them was one of the groups leaders.
He was arrested but overlooked something. He forgot to take the drugs out of his pockets ahead of time!!
The police and us thought that was quite humorous!
Nice work if you can get it. But then again, we're taking about a city with drive up daqueri stands.
“A tipster suspects.” Wow, that’s pretty sound evidence right there.
Where did you get that figure?
It might be correct, but a illiteracy rate that high ..... hum?
Someone get a search warrant for his freezer. Just saying...
The police laughed?
Is this guy in any trouble at all? Is he able to represent the state against lawbreakers such as himself?
This is Nawlins, things are a little different........
It might be correct, but aN illiteracy rate that high ..... hum?
Where, in The Quarter, do YOU live, svcw ?
Sounds like the beginning of a script for a ‘Lawyer Show’ that has comedic moments.
“After ‘joint’ falls out of pocket, Judge looks up and says “My chambers. NOW”!”
And they all come back with a grin and bags of chips.
Funny that you should say that, but therein lies the tale ...
As the Senior Military Court Reporter/Stenographer for Fort Hood way back in the 80's, I was detailed to a number of marijuana cases. We had one case where the soldier was accused of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, and the marijuana was in the form of four bales .. yes, bales about 2'x 2'x 1' in size .. to which he pled and was found guilty. In the process of the proceedings, the actual bales of marijuana were brought from CID over to the courtroom and signed over to the prosecutor to be presented as evidence during the sentencing proceedings, in order to show the panel just how much marijuana was involved.
Once the evidence was offered and admitted into evidence, I signed the evidence chain of custody voucher and accepted custody of the bales of marijuana. At the end of the trial, after I had completed all of my post-trial paperwork, I looked around and everyone was gone .. no prosecutor, no CID agents, nobody was there in the courtroom except for me.
Exercising what I considered due diligence, as I was signed for the marijuana, I put the bales of marijuana in the back of my hatchback Chevette and proceeded across post .. and Fort Hood is quite large .. to the CID office to sign the evidence back into the evidence room.
Needless to say, I made it about halfway across post before I was flagged down by three or four MP vehicles and "asked" to get out of my car and explain what I was doing. It was only about then that I actually realized the enormously bad decision that I had made.
Anyway, everything worked out in the end, althrough it took awhile at the CID/MP office, and the presence of my Staff Judge Advocate (a full Colonel) and the prosecutors to help in the matter.
It's been a valuable learning tool over the years for training new court reporters and ensuring that the policy was changed so that the court reporters didn't have to sign for evidence from CID; it stayed under the signature of the prosecutor and he was responsible for it from beginning to end of the trial.
Samurai Court Reporter
We need edit buttons, usually notice after I hit post - those blunders.
Nah, he's one of Holder's People.
It will be the greatest trainwreck in history when uncle sam keels over and the carousel stops, inner city rioting over food will be one small part of the breakdown.
Are you ready for the zombie Apocalypse?
I originally read it in the Mobile Register (and later, other places). The contex was complaints from returning Christian groups who went to NO to help. Their complaint was that much of their time was wasted filling out simple FEMA paperwork (for people who could not read or write) so that these people could get free FEMA stuff, etc. They said that much of the reasons for delays was this reason. The 63% number was contained in that article.
I've read similar numbers comparing Detroit with NO at 62% in Detroit who could not read or write. NO is 68% Black.