Pubdate: Sat, 24 Mar 2007
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Copyright: 2007 Hearst Communications Inc.
Author: William Hall


Editor -- Regarding "Feds plan to retry marijuana advocate" (March 17):

So Ed Rosenthal, who has been convicted, sentenced (and served) one 
day in jail for a marijuana offense, is going to be retried by 
federal prosecutor George Bevan even though there is no possibility 
of further jail time. Why? What is the point?

Is it because Bevan's prosecutorial ego is so inflamed due to Judge 
Breyer's ruling that additional charges against Rosenthal were 
"illegal" that he is blinded by resentment and vindictiveness? Is it 
because his office has nothing better to do? Are there no bank fraud, 
identity theft, heroin/methamphetamine cases, murders or terrorist 
threats to pursue?

Millions of dollars have been wasted on marijuana persecution and 
prosecution over the last few decades. How much longer will the 
American people tolerate such topsy-turvy priorities?

Rather than trying to make Rosenthal an "example," Bevan should be 
made an "example" and be fired from his position as a federal prosecutor.


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