And, here’s to the judges of the Federal Court
Who wear the robe of honor as they crawl into the court
They’re guarding all the bastions with their phony legal fort
Oh, justice is a stranger when the prisoners report
When marijuana is the issue, the trial is always short
Oh, here’s to the land you’ve torn out the heart of
Trying you is what we need to be part of
-(Phil Ochs, kind of)
Today folks, I would like to talk about drug war criminals. I don’t mean people who use drugs and I am not even talking about all drugs- I am talking about marijuana, about the people who enforce prohibition though they know the laws are senseless and marijuana should be legal- which is virtually every judge in the Ninth Circuit. Because of the federal laws against medical marijuana, the judges of the Ninth Circuit, which include the states of Oregon, Washington, California, and Montana, all legal medical marijuana states, the judges have become acquainted with marijuana’s near miraculous medical uses.
The judges know the people they are sentencing should not be considered criminals and yet, they continue to enforce laws which they know on a personal level to be harmful, unjust, and unconstitutional. They are betraying the very foundations of this country.
Yesterday, I attended the sentencing of Eddy Lepp, who is a spiritual person who convened a collective that grew medical marijuana for hundreds of patients. He was given a ten year sentence, even though Judge Patel acknowledged that he was an honorable person who was persecuted by vindictive job loss fearing cops who also know that marijuana is a benign substance.
The judge claimed that she had no alternative but to carry out this mandatory sentencing. Excuse me judge, but you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. You could have handed out the right sentence- no time – and then let it get overturned, but that way you would not be part of it. Judge Patel, who I am sure is a kindly, gentle grandmother, and certainly looks the part, is no less a war criminal than any Nazi judge. I don’t say this lightly she is taking the lives of innocent people and placing them in great jeopardy. She knows she is not serving justice– or maybe she doesn’t. My judge, Charles Breyer was quoted as “justice, whatever that is” .
We have judges who don’t understand justice, or if they do they are willing to sublimate it for bureaucratic rules and regulations. Yes she wore the robes of honor as she crawled into the court, she guarded all the bastions of the phony legal fort. She will stand trial before she goes to mort.
So i am asking for comments, should we set up a drug war list of crops, prosecutors and judges, the ones who know what they are doing is wrong but insist on following rules and regulations rather than providing health safety or justice? What do you think? i have got a little list, and to quote Gilbert and Sullivan, “none of them Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. All these people under the color of authority have broken our trust, are creating legal fictions, and are doing irreparable damage to individuals in our society. Should we keep this list of shame for all to see? Please let me know.