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New Orleans Prosecutor Drops A Joint Out Of His Pocket In Court
TBI ^ | 10-3-2012 | Abby Rogers

Posted on 10/03/2012 6:37:54 AM PDT by blam

New Orleans Prosecutor Drops A Joint Out Of His Pocket In Court

Abby Rogers
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."

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dope; joint; marijuana; neworleans
There's a reason it's called The Big Easy.

63% of the residents of New Orleans cannot read or write.

1 posted on 10/03/2012 6:38:02 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

dey all on welfayer


2 posted on 10/03/2012 6:42:34 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: blam

Jason Cantrell

3 posted on 10/03/2012 6:43:32 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: blam

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.


4 posted on 10/03/2012 6:43:36 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: blam

I take offense at this. I don’t use marijuana and I can only down 3 Sazeracs in my 90 minute lunch.


5 posted on 10/03/2012 6:44:36 AM PDT by Jake8898
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“Handout”

lol


6 posted on 10/03/2012 6:45:23 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: blam

Obozo’s America...
Stoned, drunk, on three hour lunches...


7 posted on 10/03/2012 6:56:51 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: blam

’ ... but, Your Honor, it was evidence in another case, and I was carrying it to maintain the chain-of-custody. Honest. Sir.’


8 posted on 10/03/2012 6:57:17 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: blam

DOH!!!!


9 posted on 10/03/2012 6:58:49 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Ezekiel

I can almost smell Bourbon Street and that lavender soapy street wash.


10 posted on 10/03/2012 6:59:14 AM PDT by King Hawk
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To: blam
...a mistake that could haunt him the rest of his career.

What career?...............

11 posted on 10/03/2012 7:01:22 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: King Hawk

I can smell it and I’m 240 miles away.............


12 posted on 10/03/2012 7:03:44 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: blam
I work inside a bank that has been targeted by the local Occupy branch for protests.
This spring during one of the protests; the group had 3 people who planned ahead of time they would be arrested.

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!

13 posted on 10/03/2012 7:10:46 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: blam
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."

Nice work if you can get it. But then again, we're taking about a city with drive up daqueri stands.

14 posted on 10/03/2012 7:13:32 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: blam

“A tipster suspects.” Wow, that’s pretty sound evidence right there.


15 posted on 10/03/2012 7:14:54 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Settle down, Beavis.)
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To: blam

Where did you get that figure?
It might be correct, but a illiteracy rate that high ..... hum?


16 posted on 10/03/2012 7:17:05 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: blam

Someone get a search warrant for his freezer. Just saying...


17 posted on 10/03/2012 7:17:48 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: Red Badger

The police laughed?

Is this guy in any trouble at all? Is he able to represent the state against lawbreakers such as himself?


18 posted on 10/03/2012 7:21:16 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

This is Nawlins, things are a little different........


19 posted on 10/03/2012 7:30:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: svcw
"It might be correct, but a illiteracy rate that high ..... hum?

It might be correct, but aN illiteracy rate that high ..... hum?

Where, in The Quarter, do YOU live, svcw ?


/8^)

20 posted on 10/03/2012 7:33:31 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: blam

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.


21 posted on 10/03/2012 7:40:54 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: TomGuy
"... but, Your Honor, it was evidence in another case, and I was carrying it to maintain the chain-of-custody. Honest. Sir.’..."

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

22 posted on 10/03/2012 7:44:46 AM PDT by BlueLancer (You cannot conquer a free man. The most you can do is kill him. (R. Heinlein - "If This Goes On"))
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To: knarf

;-)


23 posted on 10/03/2012 7:54:54 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: knarf

;-)
We need edit buttons, usually notice after I hit post - those blunders.


24 posted on 10/03/2012 7:56:05 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: blam
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.

Nah, he's one of Holder's People.

25 posted on 10/03/2012 8:02:17 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: blam
About twenty five years ago I was defending someone in General District Court, where Virgina criminal misdemeanors and traffic cases are heard. The custom in most VA courts is very strict, and it requires both counsel to stand directly behind a lectern when addressing the court, unlike what you often see in the movies. On this occasion, I happened to look down and saw a small glassine envelope of cocaine laying on the floor just beside the podium. Obviously, it had fallen out of someone’s pocket. While the judge was looking at something, I caught the Commonwealth Attorney’s attention and discreetly pointed to the object on the floor. He was transfixed for a long moment, but then we went on with the case. Afterward, he picked it up and put it into a file, and I never heard anything more about it.
26 posted on 10/03/2012 8:03:17 AM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: svcw
Me too ... the freedom and glory of bein' a old fart

intentional

27 posted on 10/03/2012 8:22:09 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: blam
Drunk,stoned or on prescription drugs. I doubt it is just the big easy. It seems the norm for my small town and the public might hear about 10% of it if that.

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?

28 posted on 10/03/2012 8:43:25 AM PDT by winodog
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To: svcw; knarf
"Where did you get that figure?
It might be correct, but a illiteracy rate that high ..... hum?"

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.

29 posted on 10/03/2012 9:25:14 AM PDT by blam
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To: winodog
"Are you ready for the zombie Apocalypse? "

Yes.

30 posted on 10/03/2012 9:28:28 AM PDT by blam
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