Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Support Charles Lynch in Federal Court

Court support for Charles C. Lynch on Thursday

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) Chief Counsel Joe Elford will appear on behalf of Charles C. Lynch at his federal sentencing hearing on Thursday, April 23rd to challenge the federal government's claim of state law violations. Even though defendants are prevented from using a medical marijuana defense in federal court, they can argue state law compliance at sentencing. ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford will argue that Lynch in no way violated state law, something that U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien has alleged in his sentencing recommendations.

At Lynch's previously scheduled sentencing hearing on March 23rd, federal district court Judge George H. Wu asked for written clarification from the U.S. Attorney General as to whether recent statements by that office would impact Lynch's sentencing. In a brief filed Friday, U.S. Attorney O'Brien stated that "the Deputy Attorney General has reviewed the facts of this case and determined that the investigation, prosecution, and conviction of defendant are entirely consistent with the policies of DOJ and with public statements made by the Attorney General with respect to marijuana prosecutions." Lynch's sentencing, which was originally postponed until April 30th, was changed by Judge Wu to April 23rd.

What: Sentencing hearing for Charles C. Lynch
When: Thursday, April 23rd at 10:30 a.m. (come early to park and find the courtroom)
Where: Los Angeles Federal Court, 312 N. Spring Street, Courtroom 10

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