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Charges Dropped against Heidi Lepp in Marijuana Case

Charges Dropped against Heidi Lepp in Marijuana Case

- The Davis Vanguard
Heidi Lepp will not have to return to court after all.  Ten days after a jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case where Ms. Lepp was charged with two felony conspiracy charges, prosecutors decided that they lacked evidence needed to obtain a conviction.
Ms. Lepp had faced felony conspiracy to cultivate and sell marijuana on the black market in violation of state laws on collectives.  During closing arguments, the DA attempted to argue that Ms. Lepp had made an agreement...

Closing Arguments in the Marijuana Conspiracy Case of Heidi Lepp

Closing Arguments in the Marijuana Conspiracy Case of Heidi Lepp

- The Davis Vanguard
Heidi Lepp, a Rastafarian church leader, is facing two felony conspiracy charges for allegedly running an illegal operation to cultivate and sell cannabis.  If convicted she could face up to three years’ imprisonment.
These charges stem from an August 2, 2017, raid that resulted in two deputies being shot and wounded by a caretaker of a marijuana garden on property that was considered part of Ms. Lepp’s Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church.  But as defense attorney Joseph...

Monday Morning Thoughts: Catch-22 in Our Courts

Monday Morning Thoughts: Catch-22 in Our Courts

- The Davis Vanguard
The term Catch-22 was coined by author Joseph Heller in his 1961 novel, a term he used to describe the absurd constraints placed on soldiers fighting in the Second World War.
In his book the army psychiatrist explains that pilots who request mental evaluation for insanity demonstrate their own sanity in making the request.
The problem, he explains, is “Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy.”
Heller writes, “There was...

Judge to Decide Whether to Keep Motion Sealed in “Lil’ Shop” Dispensary Case

Judge to Decide Whether to Keep Motion Sealed in “Lil’ Shop” Dispensary Case

- The Davis Vanguard
Judge David Reed continued a hearing to a later date to decide whether a Pitchess motion should be kept under seal in the matter of Paul Fullerton and his wife Maricel, who are charged with multiple felony counts of possession of marijuana for sale stemming from a raid conducted on February 29, 2016.
Defense attorneys filed the Pitchess motion this past fall in order to obtain information about the arresting officers, who were from at least three different agencies.  In a November 30...