Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pot Lands "Would-be" College Student a Life Sentence

"A man is going to be sent to jail for the rest of his life over marijuana possession?" Granted, you'd think he'd learn and he wouldn't keep close to two pounds of it in his home after requesting a new probation officer because he was moving, but sending him to jail for the rest of his life is just ridiculous.

Here's what happened:
At Hood's one-day trial, the evidence presented by the prosecution included a digital scale and about a dozen bags that had contained marijuana before being seized from the house, testimony showed. Deputies also found $1,600 in cash and a student-loan application with Hood's name on it inside of a night stand.

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours and convicted Hood of a reduced charge, which usually carries no more than 15 years' imprisonment. Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea Jr. then used Hood's past convictions on Thursday to argue that he was a career criminal worthy of a severe punishment.
A student-loan application?? Are you telling us that he was possibly thinking about going back to school, yet, he's been thrown into jail for life despite a jury giving him a reduced charge??
This doesn't make much sense to us. We don't know for sure, but it doesn't sound like they found any guns, or that the guy killed anyone, or really did any kind of horrible atrocity that deems a life sentence. In fact, it was HE who requested the new probation officer in accordance with moving.
It just sounds like he wasn't very smart. And yet he perhaps wanted to go back to school.
What kind of conclusions do U gather from this? Should he be in jail for life?" - Via PerezHilton

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