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Missoula District Court: Jury pool in marijuana case stages ‘mutiny’


A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week.

Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt.

They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.

The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel.

No, they said, one after the other. No way would they convict somebody for having a 16th of an ounce.

In fact, one juror wondered why the county was wasting time and money prosecuting the case at all, said a flummoxed Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul.

District Judge Dusty Deschamps took a quick poll as to who might agree. Of the 27 potential jurors before him, maybe five raised their hands. A couple of others had already been excused because of their philosophical objections.

“I thought, ‘Geez, I don’t know if we can seat a jury,’ ” said Deschamps, who called a recess.

And he didn’t.


2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Joe Tittiger
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What a bunch of idiots. Now they can not be seated on the jury and do good by hanging it.

NEVER ever tell the truth when trying to get seated on a jury. Tell them whatever they want to hear so that you can do some good get on the jury and set back the beast.


Comment by Stupid Amerkin
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The power of the judge or prosecutor over the jury is in direct proportion to the jury’s ignorance.

Red Beckman

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