On February 19, 2013, Ronnie Chang, Hal Pilotte and Gary Maddox, all allegedly connected to Club One Collective/ Extreme Holistic Care) will be in federal court before Judge Anello and with their attorneys, respectively Michael McCabe, Bahar Ansari Miller and Mark Bluemel. This time, to argue a motion challenging the federal government’s right to coerce, commandeer or intimidate local governments into enforcing federal instead of state law, as a violation of the 10th amendment.
Michael McCabe, who will argue the motion, has been successful on medical cannabis cases in state court before. Most recently with the Dexter Padilla case when the Honorable Laura Parsky dismissed all charges in the interest of justice, leaving Dexter exonerated.
Mark Bluemel was lead counsel in San Diego v. SDNORML, which was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and forced San Diego county officials to implement the medical marijuana identification card program.
Bahar Ansari Miller has been victorious in medical cannabis cases in state court against Bonnie Dumanis and also conducted a San Diego County Public Defenders MCLE Training titled Defending Medical Marijuana Cases in California.
Ronnie, Hal and Gary were victims of the 9/9/09 raids on cannabis collective in San Diego County. A widespread and brutal attack on legal cannabis patients, the raids were part of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ senseless destruction of the public safety collectives provide the community.
Ronnie, a legal medical cannabis patient, is the sole defendant in the case who remains in custody.
On September 10, 2012, the defendants were before Judge Anello and a throng of senior citizens showed up in support. Read the article here: http://www.safeaccesssd.org/search?q=pilotte .
Please consider attending this important hearing on February 19th, and represent the voice of patients who are dismayed over the brutality of the federal government’s war on patients.
A note from Hal Pilotte:
Although we did not win the last motions hearing with the local District Court Judge hearing our case, (Judge Anello), Judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals are over-turning decisions similar to the decision made by our Judge on the last motion. Should our case go that far we hold a strong chance of winning on an appeal just from that argument.
Bahar, along with the lead attorney Mike McCabe, and attorney for the landlord, Mark Bluemel, have been working on this motion for the past three months, which is the “Motion to Dismiss the Case Based on Prejudicial Prosecution”. From my understanding our attorney’s have uncovered some strong information about the prejudice of the prosecution in this case and feel they have a very strong motion.
All of Our Love,
Hal and Ann Pilotte
WHAT: Chang, Pilotte and Maddox – Motion to Dismiss Indictment
WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 2:00PM
WHERE: Dept. 5, on the 3rd Flr. of the San Diego Federal Courthouse, 940 Front St. at Broadway, San Diego, CA, 92101
See you there!
Terrie Best, San Diego ASA Court Support Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
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