(09-22-2011 09:30 PM)chibearsboy Wrote: i live in oregon... real close to Cali if you know what i mean...VERY liberal
(09-22-2011 09:38 PM)rogue655 Wrote: I live in Eugene.... even worse
(09-22-2011 08:29 PM)ugameck Wrote: I have always gotten slack "how can you do your job"..."how can you defend that guy"...."if you know he's guilty, how can your conscious handle it..."
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS.
look guys - i just pled a guy out to selling $10 of pot to an undercover cop. this kid was raised in sh!t - lived in a hotel with mom (unemployed for however long) and 4 other siblings. he still stayed in school (but as he said it "i mean, mr. meck, i wasn't a great student because my head wasn't right, but i wanted to stay in school to try and graduate. i wanted to make my mom proud. my brother, he's in this jail too - i don't want to be like him."
17 years old. mom ain't doing nuthin...daddy ain't doing nuthin - and isn't around...he's selling 10 bucks of weed - "to get bus fare so i can get a ride to school and have something to eat". he's 17 - his mom nor his dad has even visited him in jail nor called him...and he's been in jail for 4 MONTHS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE'S EVER BEEN IN TROUBLE.
when i sat down to talk to him at the jail, we just had a normal conversation where it went from me being his lawyer to saying to him: "man, what the hell is the problem. You sound like a very smart kid." And we just talked. I don't do that. I've seen hustlers, con artists, thiefs, dealers, murderers, etc.....This kid was different.
i've done this for 8 years, and i almost wept when the judge thought that he should spend a year in prison....because "well, mr. meck - what you are telling me is that he doesn't have any structure in his life, and his mom and dad don't want to have anything to do with him??!!??
ARE YOU F'IN KIDDING ME! HE'S BEEN ON HIS OWN HIS WHOLE LIFE! HE DIDN'T DROP OUT WHEN HE COULD - HE HELD ON TO SCHOOL BECAUSE ITS HIS ONLY FREAKIN FAMILY!
the kid sucked it up and wiped his own tears away and said "what else can I do? I did it, I'm guilty of it." We sat for a couple of minutes in the holding cell and he held his head up and looked at me. "Thank you. I need to go ahead and take care of it. Thank you for your help."
This is a response to Jerome Simpson and his marijuana BS. He ain't no little kid trying to just get by because his parents are garbage. Whatever your feelings on drug legalization - it doesn't matter. it is the law, but there is always mitigating circumstances.
My client will get a year. Jerome Simpson will get nothing.
(09-22-2011 09:14 PM)bakerman8419 Wrote: I dont feel sorry for "kids" who get in trouble for selling weed/pills to make money NO MATTER what the circumstances are. There are 100s of ways to make money legally. Its up to that person to choose to do the right thing. Most people choose to do the wrong thing because it seems to be an easier choice. Having said that 1 year for a dime bag is absurd and I think weed should be legal. However if you take the risk to deal then take the wrath that comes with it if you get busted.
(09-23-2011 06:14 AM)giantfan270 Wrote: It's all they got. There are NOT any other ways to make money for these kids. You don't get it. They don't have the choices you and I had or have. There are not 100's of ways to do the right thing. All their worried about is surviving. Where they live, it's all they can do. I live 15 minutes from Newburgh, NY. The highest crime rate in the country. Infested with Bloods and Latin Kings. These kids do these thing because of the way they are raised and where they were raised. They know it's wrong. They don't want to break they law. They do it because it's all they know. It's the environment they are raised in. For this kid to resist that and stay in school, and have enough class and manners to impress Mr. Public Pretender, says something. In the ghetto, even good kids sell weed. I know it's hard for 95% of the population to believe, but it doesn't make him a bad kid. He wasn't caught smoking crack. He was trying to eat! He's only 17. If he was 27, it's a whole different story. The biggest crime here is the lack of oversight and negligent waste of taxpayer dollars in even pursuing a criminal case against pot. If the USA stop spending money on trying to stop pot in this country, and controlled and taxed it instead, we could guarantee Social Security for the next 150 years. Pot will never be hard to obtain, and even the most skilled professionals partake in smoking. It's a war law enforcement will never win and in the meantime our tax dollars go to throwing kids like this in jail. Butt ***** backwards! Read this: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/FBI...89319.html
This is how they live. They have no choice. This is their home. What kind of kid would you be? Watch: http://youtu.be/Fuh2h6NZi_w