“Do you swear to answer the questions truthfully regarding your qualifications as a juror?” asked Otis Wright II an aging, balding black man, currently a federal judge, previously a prosecutor and policeman. He went on to say “I know you’re trying to come up with a really good excuse” He explained that he is a one man operation and is preparing to close his courtroom down after this trial so that he can answer his jury summons in state court. “You all pay for this courtroom to be open but I got a summons and I am going to show up because I believe in the system.” He went on to say “We’re trying to find fair and impartial jurors because that is what this juror deserves.”
“You are to apply the facts of the case to the law as I give it to you, not the law as you would like it to be.”
“You may think there is a conflict between state and federal law, I can assure there isn’t.”
The judges opening remarks were pointed and I suspect foreshadowing of another sinister federal trial.
I looked around and saw 11 welcome supporters most were current THS “green team” members and this number grew to a high of 24 before lunch break. A few family members, a lawyer and his assistant, and a reporter were also present. At break, I met Shawna, a defendant from Palmdale that joined up with The Human Solution intl. She is a defendant and wants support! She is also willing to launch a chapter in the area and we’re excited to help!
The judge said that this case may take 6 or 7 court dates to try is this a problem? 9 people raised their hands and proceeded to tell their tales of woe. One lady claimed “no good English” however she had lived in the USA for 30 years…. The judge didn’t buy it.
He then asked if there was anything about the nature of the case that would keep you from being fair.
Five people raised their hand. I thought it interesting the first one talked of a niece with a rare genetic disorder that caused seizures and was treated with canabidial in Colorado…. Go figure
One had a friend that got in an accident when he was high then got hit by another guy that was high.. “I ever touch the stuff “he said.
Yet another had a family friend whose nephew drowned because his dad got high instead of watching him…….
The first of many sidebar conferences was held and a static sound came over the speakers to muffle the voices.
“Do you know any of the witnesses mentioned, attorneys, or court personnel? 0 answered
Next he asked if anyone used or knew anyone being treated by cannabis. Many hands raised and I was intrigued as all these people were potentially incriminating themselves in federal court. Most had friends or family that used cannabis but one admitted to having a card and using the drug.
The judge went on to say “Under California law it is permitted for certain people to use and sell marijuana. This case is not about state law.
There is federal law that forbids the possession sale and distribution for any purpose.
Is this going to cause anyone a problem?”
One man raised his hand and in a strong accent stated that he had issues with the law… the judge grilled him and in the end he agreed to follow the law as the judge gave it… later he was sent home.
More sidebar conference and at this point I noticed the mother of the defendant crying…..
The judge admonished the potential jurors not to have any contact with anyone outside the jury and not to even discuss the case amongst themselves. I want to point out to current and future court supporters to never approach a seated juror not even for light conversation. It is just too risky and likely to cause “jury tampering” charges to occur.
Fortunately, today the supporters were well behaved and no issues arose. The US attorney did however ask about the ribbons and attorney Allison Margolin didn’t know…. She knew some of the supporters however… “Good Job Allison” no need to start this off poorly. The judge made several wisecrack remarks about the use of medical marijuana and made his position clear without stating it….. This is an uphill battle and may require one or two jurors to do the right thing and use the power given by the constitution but hidden by the justice department of nullification. The power to vote Not guilty when a law is immoral or unjust and risk no punishment by any judge!
Before and after lunch they had a marathon sidebar conference and I found out later that they did the voir dire process behind the veil rather than in public…. The jury was seated and two alternates remain to be selected tomorrow. I also noticed that in addition to the gold fringed American flag, there was a Marine Corps flag and that was it….. Go figure.
I noticed that a few Los Angeles THS members joined the green team and I couldn’t be more happy… no other groups however have answered the call yet…. Please think unity!!!
Noah and his family are so happy that the human solution is supporting them especially on such short notice!
WE ARE ALL NOAH KLEINMAN! In the eyes of the feds, we are all criminals and it’s time that we stood up for our freedom!!!
Please come out tomorrow or Friday 8:30am till 5pm
312 north spring street Los Angeles federal court courtroom 11 judge Otis wright II
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