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Pot charge possible after Phelps' pipe photo
The Associated Press ^ | 02/03/2009 | Meg Kinnard

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: marijuana; michaelphelps; phelps; pot; potheads; whyitscalleddope; wod
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1 posted on 02/03/2009 1:45:19 PM PST by King of Card Games
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To: King of Card Games

Paging former Mayor Marion Barry!


2 posted on 02/03/2009 1:46:21 PM PST by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: King of Card Games
There's a caption here but I'm too tired to think of anything. Perhaps Freepers can contribute.


3 posted on 02/03/2009 1:47:51 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: King of Card Games

So, they can get marijauna residue from a photograph now?


4 posted on 02/03/2009 1:49:34 PM PST by Seruzawa (Obamalama lied, the republic died.)
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To: King of Card Games

This will probably cost him some endorsements and then there’s this.


5 posted on 02/03/2009 1:49:55 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: King of Card Games
"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.

Prove it was pot in the pipe, piggie.
6 posted on 02/03/2009 1:49:59 PM PST by Filo (Darwin was right!)
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To: Filo

Didn’t Phelps already admit to it?


7 posted on 02/03/2009 1:50:48 PM PST by King of Card Games
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To: King of Card Games

If this sheriff goes through with this I see a well funded opponent in his political future.


8 posted on 02/03/2009 1:51:45 PM PST by SmallGovRepub
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To: King of Card Games

They would have to prove that whatever was in the pipe was illegal. Hard to do.


9 posted on 02/03/2009 1:51:52 PM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli now reads "Oil the gun..eat the cannolis.")
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To: King of Card Games

GO COCKS! U-S-C GOOOOOOO COCKS!


10 posted on 02/03/2009 1:53:02 PM PST by Feline_AIDS (Because canine AIDS ain't funny.)
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To: King of Card Games

“A spokesman for Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who is known for his tough stance on drugs”.

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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.


12 posted on 02/03/2009 1:53:07 PM PST by EyeGuy
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To: King of Card Games

One more life ruined by a government that thinks it needs to control every aspect of our lives.


13 posted on 02/03/2009 1:53:33 PM PST by RC one
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To: Don Corleone

He already admitted it was pot

But I cant see busting someone for a picture


14 posted on 02/03/2009 1:53:35 PM PST by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: King of Card Games

He was mistken. Someone told him it was pot, but he’s not sure.

Or so I suspect will be the story.


15 posted on 02/03/2009 1:54:08 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: King of Card Games

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.


16 posted on 02/03/2009 1:55:19 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: King of Card Games
Didn’t Phelps already admit to it?

Like that would stand up in court! Hell, video evidence doesn't! Why would a confession! ;-)
17 posted on 02/03/2009 1:55:20 PM PST by Filo (Darwin was right!)
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To: King of Card Games

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. ;)


18 posted on 02/03/2009 1:55:22 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: Lizavetta

How about Merman Buttaface.


19 posted on 02/03/2009 1:55:44 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: Who dat?

Still can’t prove it. Heck, for all he knew, it could have been oregano. Wink Wink


20 posted on 02/03/2009 1:56:27 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: Who dat?
Fuk’n doper already admitted it and apologized. Another weak link. You know the type.

No argument and no respect for Phelps, but that was the court of public opinion, not court!
21 posted on 02/03/2009 1:56:35 PM PST by Filo (Darwin was right!)
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To: King of Card Games
“Didn’t Phelps already admit to it?”

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.

22 posted on 02/03/2009 1:57:17 PM PST by SmallGovRepub
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To: King of Card Games

What a dumb@ss Phelps was to admit he was smoking pot.


24 posted on 02/03/2009 1:58:12 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: autumnraine
Someone is just trying to make a name for themself.

Which is the whole point. There are few cops stupid enough to actually charge this guy, but a soap-box publicity stunt? Right up their alley.
25 posted on 02/03/2009 1:58:23 PM PST by Filo (Darwin was right!)
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To: fightinJAG

Richland County Sheriff.

We got ourselves another Blago/Edwards/Spitzer/Sutton/Nifong here.

26 posted on 02/03/2009 1:58:33 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Who dat?

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.


27 posted on 02/03/2009 1:58:36 PM PST by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: King of Card Games
Didn’t Phelps already admit to it?

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.

28 posted on 02/03/2009 1:58:58 PM PST by Isabel C.
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To: RC one

Yep.


29 posted on 02/03/2009 1:59:01 PM PST by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: autumnraine

And aren’t there probably witnesses that could be coerced into saying it was marijuana?


30 posted on 02/03/2009 1:59:21 PM PST by King of Card Games
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To: King of Card Games

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?


31 posted on 02/03/2009 2:02:50 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: King of Card Games

This is silly. What next? Will police charge people for drug use mentioned in their biographies?


32 posted on 02/03/2009 2:02:58 PM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain inalienable rights.)
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To: RC one

Yep Yep Yep


33 posted on 02/03/2009 2:03:08 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: King of Card Games
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott

Nanny statist attention whore.

How about you try solving a crime involving an actual victim? Or is that too dangerous, Leon?

34 posted on 02/03/2009 2:04:00 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: King of Card Games

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?


35 posted on 02/03/2009 2:04:09 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: posterchild

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

That’s IT!

If they charge Phelps, I want charges brought against Obama! Oh darn, statute of limitations probably. But still!


36 posted on 02/03/2009 2:04:28 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: King of Card Games

End the failed war on pot.


37 posted on 02/03/2009 2:05:00 PM PST by mysterio
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To: King of Card Games
“And aren’t there probably witnesses that could be coerced into saying it was marijuana?”

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.

38 posted on 02/03/2009 2:06:41 PM PST by SmallGovRepub
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To: autumnraine

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.


39 posted on 02/03/2009 2:06:48 PM PST by King of Card Games
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To: King of Card Games
Tobacco is smoked in the legally purchased glass tobacco smoking pipe.
Obama will step in and save Phelps...
40 posted on 02/03/2009 2:08:42 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: Isabel C.
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.

Honestly, I didn't think it looked much like him from the picture. :-)

41 posted on 02/03/2009 2:09:21 PM PST by MamaTexan (I am not a political, public, collective, corporate, administrative or legal entity)
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To: King of Card Games
This is mostly bad PR for Michael Phelps.

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.

42 posted on 02/03/2009 2:11:00 PM PST by Jim Scott (Do not go gentle into that good night)
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To: King of Card Games
He sort of admitted it. It was too obvious and lying would have made he look worse. However, I do not believe he can be charged on the basis of a photo. However, there might be more evidence, and the law is forced to investigate. This was so in-your-face.

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.

43 posted on 02/03/2009 2:19:15 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: King of Card Games
WOD claims another successful victim.

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.

44 posted on 02/03/2009 2:29:56 PM PST by varyouga (People silently freezing in Kentucky. Obama doesn't care about white people!)
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To: King of Card Games

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?


45 posted on 02/03/2009 2:35:14 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: SmallGovRepub

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.


46 posted on 02/03/2009 2:45:01 PM PST by CdMGuy
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To: autumnraine

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.


47 posted on 02/03/2009 2:46:04 PM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: King of Card Games
Didn’t Phelps already admit to it?

Not under oath

48 posted on 02/03/2009 2:47:59 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: King of Card Games

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.


49 posted on 02/03/2009 2:51:44 PM PST by autumnraine
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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.


50 posted on 02/03/2009 2:51:46 PM PST by sonic109
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