Pubdate: Fri, 06 Oct 2006
Source: New York Post (NY)
Copyright: 2006 N.Y.P. Holdings, Inc.
Contact:  http://www.nypost.com/
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/296
Author: Dareh Gregorian

COURT LETS POT KID OUT OF THE JOINT

A state appeals court has taken a  stand against reefer madness - 
throwing out a 12-month  sentence for a 13-year-old kid who was 
busted for  smoking pot.

The teen was spotted by a cop "in a public place" with  his 
16-year-old sister, who was "smoking a marijuana  cigar" that she 
passed to him, the Appellate Division  decision said.

The cop saw him "appear to inhale and then exhale  smoke," and busted 
both him and his sister, the ruling  says.

Bronx Family Court Judge Alma Cordova sent the boy,  who'd never been 
in trouble before, to a "limited  secure placement" for 12 months.

The appeals court said it was "fairly obvious" that the  original 
judge was trying to get the boy out of a  turbulent home situation, 
but 12 months on a pot charge  was not "appropriate."

They ordered the boy, who's already been in a secure  facility for 
eight months, to be let out and for his  record to be cleared if he 
stays out of trouble.
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