Judge Says Blogger Andrew Sullivan Got Preferential Treatment in Pot Case
A federal judge criticizes the U.S. Attorney's office for not pursuing a pot possession charge against blogger Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan is a British citizen, and the prosecutors didn't want Sully to face immigration consequences.
Sully, who owns a house on Cape Cod, was caught smoking a joint on a federally owned beach, a petty offense under 36 C.F.R. § 2.35(b)(2), which prohibits possession of a controlled substance on National Park Service lands. He was issued a violation notice. The maximum penalty for the offense is a fine of $5,000, six months imprisonment, a $25 processing fee and a $10 special assessment.
Sully, like everyone charged with the offense in MA, had the option of posting $125.00 in collateral and consenting to its forfeiture in lieu of appearing in court. [More...]
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