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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 10:03 pm    Post subject: Depressing news. Reply with quote

It is tramatic to have a baby.

It is tramatic to have a baby die.

Now the man is going to add trama.

I thought I'd post this; maybe someone could send a letter of encouragement to this young couple, to the editor of this paper...

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US CO: Home of SIDS death under investigation


Pubdate: Aug. 18, 2004
Source: Summit Daily News (CO)

Contact: jpokrandt@summitdaily.com
Website: http://www.summitdaily.com/home.php

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Home of SIDS death under investigation



BY JANE STEBBINS
August 17, 2004


An investigation is under way in Alma where a couple was found to have allegedly been growing more than 100 marijuana plants in their home.

The couple, Erich and Sasha McLean, called Park County officials Aug. 13 to report the death of their infant, Stella. She would have been five months old Aug. 19.

Services for the baby will be held today at 1 p.m. at Carter Park.

According to Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener, the investigation is not focused on the baby's death, which was ruled as a sudden infant death syndrome incident, but rather the illegal plants growing in the house.

Wegener said a full report would be forthcoming on Thursday.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is tragic. Loosing your child is the worse thing I can imagine. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


I am so sorry to hear this bad news. This family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

I am deeply disturbed and ashamed of a government that would further victamize this family.
Thank you bro for bringing this to us. They need all the prayers and confort they can recieve.
Much love and respect your sista Lilli
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my humble opinion, a few letters to sherif Fred Wegener couldn't harm.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have free long distance maybe a few phone calls wont hurt either.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 2:52 am    Post subject: government should be wary of faith-based programs Reply with quote

Friday, August 27, 2004
Religious coercion in Michigan case shows government should be wary of faith-based programs

By Wendy Wagenheim

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In a nation that cherishes religious freedom, how is it that a judge permitted blatant religious coercion, endorsing one religion over another and discouraging one religion? That’s what happened when Joe Hanas, a young man from Genesee County, was arrested for a nonviolent drug offense.

As part of a progressive court program, Hanas had a chance to receive drug rehabilitation rather than go to jail. There was, unfortunately, one major problem — Joe Hanas is a practicing Catholic, and the program was operated by Pentecostals. Though the judge’s intent may not have been for Hanas to convert to the Pentecostal faith, his test for Hanas’ successful completion of the “drug court” program hinged on just that.

The coercion was extreme, and it was an elected judge who allowed it. Hanas’ rosary, his Bible and his priest were all kept from him. Staff members, none of them certified or trained drug counselors or therapists, told him that Catholicism is a form of “witchcraft.” He was not only forbidden to follow his Catholic faith, but he was also tested on his learning of Pentecostal principles.



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

man, that's sick! Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I just turned a little more Catholic.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2004 2:34 am    Post subject: Cannabis prohibiting Clergy, hurt themselves & followers Reply with quote

I don't care for clergy, going by the term "Christian," that supports cannabis prohibition, persecution and extermination. It separates clergy from the Spirit of Truth, because of their disobedience, as described in John 14-16 & 1 John.

Clergy that considers cannabis, "drug."

Only disobedient Christians support caging one another for using the plant cannabis. Further, clergy, supporting the notion that cannabis is defiled, is addressed in the “Sin of the Priests” in Malachi 1:6-14.


Contrary to Rev. Terry Jones and the First Christian Church in Elizabethtown; Biblically, the table of the Lord is not defiled.

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US KY: Church Group Learns About Reality Of Drugs In Hardin

Something got their attention Wednesday night. It might have been the fake magic marker used to smoke marijuana, the scary statistics about local drug use or even the stories of deaths, but everyone was listening at the Drugology presentation.

Leaders of the First Christian Church in Elizabethtown, feeling uninformed and tired of hearing stories in the news about kids involved in narcotics, brought in Kentucky State Police Trooper Steve Pavey to talk frankly with parents and children about drugs.

"I wasn't up on the drugs he talked about that the kids could be getting exposed to right now," said the church's senior minister, the Rev. Terry Jones. "I'd never heard of 'roofies' and 'ecstasy' until tonight."

The two drugs, used respectively by abusers as a date rape and rave party tool, have crept into the community quietly in the past few years, Pavey said. Whether parents want to admit it or not, virtually every known illegal drug found in the U.S. can be found in Hardin County.

A group of about 20, mostly teenagers and a few parents, examined a few illegal pot-smoking devices Pavey brought along as visual aids. He said ignorance to the problem only makes it spread.

The questions lobbed at the seasoned officer weren't lightweight. Eight-year-old Cameron Creason wanted to know "just how bad drugs can hurt you."

Pavey said he answered the boy as honestly as he knew how. They can kill you right away or slowly destroy different parts of your body, such as your brain, over a long period of time, he said.

"If you think you can control drugs, you're wrong," Pavey said. "Drugs end up controlling you."

Illustrating the depths of depravity some abusers will go to for their next high, Pavey told a story about a doctor's wife in another state who let her young children be used in child pornography films to get money to buy crack cocaine.

But while not all drug experiences end so terribly, some still end up haunting former users for years.

Pavey talked about a local parent who couldn't go on a school field trip with his 7-year-old son because a misdemeanor marijuana conviction he got while in college showed up on his background check.

"That guy told me the worst thing he ever had to do in his life was tell his crying son the truth about why daddy couldn't go on the trip with him," Pavey said.

The horror of how drugs can destroy lives is far from the world inhabited by the church's youth minister, Chris Kiger. He said that's why Pavey was invited to speak.

"I'm sheltered from all this," Kiger said. "I'm in my safe little place and I don't know what's even going on in the drug scene."

Gladene Clark, Creason's mother, said she and her family just moved to Hardin County a month ago and she brought her boys to the lecture so they could be educated as a family about not just drugs, but specifically the local drug culture.

"I have to know what my kids will be seeing and exposed to," she said. "We've been blessed with no drugs being in our family, but we have to stay informed."

http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v04/n1390/a06.html?397
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2004 12:09 pm    Post subject: America needs credible drug law reform. Reply with quote

US DC: D.C. Jail Stay Ends in Death For Quadriplegic MD Man


Care Provided By Hospital, Corrections Dept. In Question

Jonathan Magbie, a 27-year-old Mitchellville man, was sent to jail in the District last week for 10 days for marijuana possession.

He never made it home.

Paralyzed as a child and unable to even breathe on his own, Magbie died last Friday after being shuttled between the D.C. jail complex and Greater Southeast Community Hospital.

At the center of the many questions surrounding his death is whether D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Department of Corrections did enough to ensure adequate care for the quadriplegic inmate.

An investigation is underway, but that is little solace to his family, which marched on the courthouse this week with signs accusing the judge of killing Magbie.

"I'm not saying that he shouldn't have been punished, because he did smoke the marijuana," his mother, Mary Scott, said yesterday, a day after burying her son. "I just don't think it should have cost him his life."

By the standards of D.C. Superior Court, the 10-day sentence rendered by Judge Judith E. Retchin was unusually punitive for a first-time offender such as Magbie. Along with his defense attorney, Boniface Cobbina, a pre-sentence report had recommended probation, and the U.S. attorney's office had not objected.

But Retchin rejected probation alone. A former federal prosecutor who became a Superior Court judge in 1992, Retchin is known to dispense stiff sentences.

Police, she pointed out, found a gun and cocaine in the vehicle in which Magbie was stopped in April 2003. And, despite pleading guilty to the marijuana charge, Magbie told pre-sentence investigators that he would continue using the drug, which he said made him feel better.

"Mr. Magbie, I'm not giving you straight probation," the judge said, according to a transcript of the Sept. 20 proceedings. "Although you did not plead guilty to having this gun, it is just unacceptable to be riding around in a car with a loaded gun in this city."

Details about Magbie's death were first reported by WJLA-TV ( Channel 7 ). Magbie was struck by a drunk driver when he was 4 years old; he was paralyzed from the neck down, and his growth was stunted. Barely five feet tall and 120 pounds, he moved around on a motorized wheelchair that he operated with his chin.

For most everything else, from scratching an itch on his head to flushing his lungs of accumulated fluid, he had to rely on others. Along with his family, he had nursing care 20 hours a day.

"Jonathan was totally dependent," his mother said. "He couldn't do anything for himself."

Asked how her son was able to inhale marijuana, Scott said only that "he learned to do a lot of things."

Ahead of Magbie's sentencing, a staff member in Retchin's chambers contacted the office of Chief Judge Rufus G. King III to find out whether the D.C. Corrections Department would be able to house a paralyzed person in a wheelchair. The answer from the chief judge's office, which is the liaison with Corrections, was yes.

Leah Gurowitz, a court spokeswoman, said yesterday that the full extent of Magbie's paralysis was inadvertently not relayed to the chief judge's office.

In a statement yesterday, Retchin said she was led to believe "that Mr. Magbie's medical needs could be met; this was such an unintended tragedy. I would like to convey my deepest sympathy to Mr. Magbie's family."

Even the Correctional Treatment Facility, a jail annex that houses many inmates with medical or security needs, would not have been able to readily care for a prisoner such as Magbie, Philip Fornaci, executive director of the D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services Project, said yesterday.

"I certainly would not say they killed him or any conclusion like that," Fornaci said. "But it certainly seems likely that he wouldn't have died if he hadn't gone to jail."

The initial medical evaluation of Magbie after his arrival at the D.C. jail on Sept. 20 found him in need of "acute medical attention," according to the Corrections Department. Within hours, Magbie was moved to Greater Southeast Community Hospital.

The nature of the medical problem was not specified in a chronology issued by the Corrections Department, which declined to make officials available to comment on the specifics of the case. The timeline shows that Magbie arrived at the jail at 2 p.m. and that he was taken to the hospital at 9:40 p.m. What happened in between is not explained.

The next day, Magbie was discharged and placed in the Correctional Treatment Facility, the jail annex that is operated by Corrections Corporation of America under a contract with the city. But almost from the moment Magbie arrived there, a senior doctor was concerned that Magbie might not receive the care he needed, according to his mother and a court official.

The court official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the doctor believed that Magbie belonged at the hospital and pressed Greater Southeast, which handles inmate hospitalizations, to take him back. But the hospital rebuffed the request, the official said.

Hoping to change the hospital's mind, the physician asked Retchin to issue a court order, the official said. But the judge declined, saying she lacked the authority to issue any such order.

The hospital said in a statement that it could not comment because of federal privacy regulations. It said that it provides "top-quality" care.

Apparently resigned to having him stay on at the jail annex, the medical staff decided after a couple of days of back-and-forth with Magbie's mother and attorney to allow Magbie's mother to bring his ventilator.

Told to bring the device down Friday morning, she did, showing up about 10 a.m. A half-hour earlier, she would later learn, her son had been taken by ambulance back to Greater Southeast.

That night, she received a call from a warden telling her that her son was

dead.

http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v04/n1394/a10.html?397

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2004 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh that is very sad news. I surely hope someone takes that mothers hand and leads her in the right direction for a wrongful death law suit against this corrupt government and that heartless dispicable Judge. Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what if the tree of knowledge was a pot plant?

that story about the catholic man is sickening, as they are both different truths from the same books...as much as it disgusts me...I can't help but laugh....
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 2:13 am    Post subject: This qualifies as depressing news. Reply with quote

Crowd Yells "Shame" At Judge Holderness

Monday, 8 November 2004, 10:21 am

Press Release: Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

"Shame" Cried The Crowd At Judge Holderness And The Court

It was a shameful day for justice in our garden city of Christchurch, as Neville Yates, a brain damaged amputee from an accident 30 years ago, was given 5 months jail for growing 9 spindly plants for his own medical use. " I am the only victim here" stated Neville Yates as he was led away to the police cells. " The law has been served but justice was not done" quoted Michael Britnell Deputy Leader, Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.

Angry and upset supporters were ushered out of the court building by security guards as they protested in disbelief at the disastrous outcome for Neville Yates.

M.P. Tim Barnett had given evidence on the current position of the government. The Health Select Committee Report on Cannabis Recommendation 22 page 57 " We recommend to the government that it pursue the possibility of supporting the prescription of clinically tested cannabis products for medicinal purposes". which elicited the Government Response Document page 14 : 61"... A British Company GW Pharmaceuticals has in development a number of cannabis preparations for therapuetic use. The company has indicated it would be prepared to supply product for a clinical trial in New Zealand. There is no barrier to this happening in either the Medicines Act or the Misuse of Drugs Act.". Neville Yates successfully had these documents admitted as evidence with no objections from the Prosecutor Mr. Ruane.

In summary what Neville Yates established to the court was that his quest for legitimate access was genuine, supported by letters from his doctors and that he had made submissions to that Health Select Committee and corresponded with Health Minister Annette King. However Prosecutor Mr. Ruane rebutted the legitimacy of growing cannabis in his cross examination of Tim Barnett, when he asked Tim about the Spray form of delivery. Mr. Ruane incorrectly concluded that, only the spray form would be legitimately prescribed by the doctors, therefore Neville would still be breaking the law. The fact is the whole herb as well as the spray is prescribed to medical users in California by G.W.Pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately the Defense was unable to counter this argument, without a material witness.

Judge Holderness had an opportunity to give some mercy for this special case but instead of opening his mind and exercising justice to the tragic story that was unfolding before him, he decided to be guided by the letter of the law. In his summing up, The Judge criticised Neville for his "Not Guilty" plea and came to the incorrect conclusion that Neville had pleaded "Not Guilty" as a result of cannabis activist influences. The Judge was not interested in the real reasons Neville Yates was forced to plead "Not Guilty".

In pleading Not Guilty and calling expert witness Kevin O' Connell, Neville was able to establish that the Police description of his cultivation as hydroponic, mature and sophisticated was incorrect. It was vital for Neville to establish his 'offending' was at the lower end of the criminal scale, to have a lighter sentence imposed, if found guilty. He was also compelled to plead not guilty as he had already been to jail for cultivation and his only real chance of being found Not Guilty was to put his case before a Jury Trial. It is everyone's democratic right to do this and unfair of Judge Holderness to criticise Neville’s choice of plea by condemning him to two extra months imprisonment in our overcrowded jails, for exercising his right, to have the case against him properly tested, by the Jury Trial system.

Judge Holderness added insult to injury stating that because of his disabilities, Neville was not able to do community work. This again was another incorrect summation by the Judge that went against the probation report, which stated that Neville was capable of doing light duty community work as well as recommending a non custodial sentence. The Prosecution also had no objection to a non custodial sentence - so what happened to the Judge this day? Judge Holderness concluded that Neville was a recidivist offender and had not learned the lesson from his last imprisonment, to stop offending. Therefore he had no choice but to impose a prison sentence of 5 months jail stating he would have 'only got three months' if he had pleaded guilty. The Judge also criticised Neville's cannabis activist friends in the court, in particular Blair Anderson who in good faith acted as Neville's McKenzie friend. Surely Neville Yates has the right to have his choice of assistance and supporters, without it affecting the outcome. The Judge was there to rule on matters of law.

Neville Yates stated earlier on " There appears to be one law for the rich and a different one for the poor"

We the people are outraged at this miscarriage of justice. J ustice is sometimes blind but in this case it was just plain stupid . Neville Yates made a heroic stand for medicinal access of cannabis for his pain relief and deserves all the support that people can give him while he is in jail this Christmas.

Irinka Britnell, Secretary - Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats pathetic. Mad
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Indeed!
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