Pubdate: Fri, 30 Jul 1999
Source: Auburn Journal
Copyright: 1999 Auburn Journal
Contact:  1030 High St., Auburn, CA 95603
Author: Lee Eisenstein


The extraordinary political persecution of Steve and Michele Kubby deserves
more coverage in your paper. An enormous and intrusive investigation
against them was launched by an anonymous tip.

The Kubby's never made any secret of the fact that they were growing
cannabis (in compliance with California law).

The sole issue here is the number of plants. No evidence to support the
charge of sales was introduced at pre-trial hearings.

The arrest has been destructive and potentially harmful; there is
unimpeachable medical opinion that the behavior of the police and
prosecutor has already recklessly endangered Steve's life; they have
exhibited no acknowledgement of that fact - let alone regret or an apology.

They have also severely injured the Kubbys financially by retaining their
computer hard drives and essentially forcing them out of business. Refusal
of law enforcement and judge to grant (relatively routine) motions allowing
a delay or compelling return of the computer hard drive before the trial is
both unusual and highly suspicious.

Lee Eisenstein
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