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Cat out of the bag at the Rosenthal trial?
by CA NORML via list
Tuesday May 22nd, 2007 11:28 PM
He proved to be an extremely difficult witness for the prosecution
On order of the court, DEA agents dragged Rick Watts in to testify
at the Rosenthal trial this afternoon. He appeared wearing a
"Defend Medical Marijuana" t-shirt.
He proved to be an extremely difficult witness for the prosecution,
insisting that he was a construction worker who knew little about the
running of the business, and continually referring to "patients" at
the Harm Reduction Center.
After Watts' testimony, the prosecution rested its case. After
the jury left, there was a lengthy discussion about whether the
defense would call any witnesses. Ed & his attorneys said they were
disinclined to have anyone testify given the restrictive rules laid
down by the court, but they will make their final decision known
tomorrow (Wed. morning).
Judge Breyer then revealed that a juror had handed him a note
with several interesting questions, most of which had to do with
medical marijuana: "Do you need a license to grow MMJ," "How can
this case be brought in California?, etc. Asst US Attorney George
Bevan groused that whenever medical marijuana gets mentioned,
"there's this red flag" that goes up before the juries. Breyer said
he would tell the jury that the questions regarding medical marijuana
are irrelevant. Nonetheless, it appears that the cat is out of the
bag about the nature of this trial.
Ed's trial resumes tomorrow morning at 8:00 at the Federal Bldg
in SF (450 Golden Gate - 19th Floor). There will be a demo in
support of Ed outside at 1:00 PM. Supporters are urged to attend -
the trial appears to be near its end.
- D. Gieringer

>Mike and I just came back from Ed's trial. Bevan said
>they had Rick in custody and would bring him up so he
>could testify at 1:30PM.
>Love, peace and health,
>Michelle
>
>--- William Dolphin <asa [at] williamdolphin.com> wrote:
>
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