The strong “skunk-like” smell coming from a recreational vehicle and pull-behind trailer at a rustic Long Grove property in June 2013 left little doubt in the mind of Scott County Sheriff’s Detective Joe Caffery of what he would find when he opened the door.

Inside, Caffery and another deputy discovered 71 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.

He also found growing equipment, such as a ventilation and water system, canisters of carbon dioxide, timers, soil and nutrients.

Caffery, a member of the Quad-City Metropolitan Enforcement Group, testified that it appeared to be a large-scale growing operation.

He was one of three witnesses to testify Thursday before Assistant Scott County Attorney Patrick McElyea rested his case against Benton Mackenzie, a 48-year-old cancer patient; his wife, Loretta, 43, and son Cody, 22.

Benton and Loretta Mackenzie are charged with manufacturing marijuana, conspiracy, violation of the drug tax stamp act and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cody Mackenzie is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Benton Mackenzie is represented by attorney Joel Walker; Loretta Mackenzie is represented by attorney Rebecca Ruggero; and Cody Mackenzie is represented by attorney Derek Jones.

Defense attorneys are expected to give opening arguments Monday.

Sheriff's Deputy Dan Furlong testified that deputies searched the property at 27120 183rd Ave. just before 6 a.m. June 21, 2013.

The home belongs to Benton Mackenzie's parents, Charles and Dorothy.

Furlong said the RV found next to the house was registered to the mother of Stephen Bloomer, 49, of Davenport, a longtime friend of Benton Mackenzie.

Mail with Bloomer's name and address was found in the RV, Furlong testified.

Furlong testified that Mackenzie told him that Bloomer had brought over the RV and trailer so he could grow marijuana in them.

Mackenzie also told him that no one else was involved, Furlong testified.

Deputies searching the home found a box containing a piece of growing equipment in the basement where Benton and Loretta Mackenzie live.

Loretta Mackenzie's name and address were on a shipping label on the box, Caffery testified.

Caffery testified that less than a gram of marijuana was found in a black safe under Cody Mackenzie’s bed. A red glass water bong also was found, he said.

Deputies then searched Bloomer’s Davenport home, where they found receipts for growing equipment, such as a light and piping, and a car registration for a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier registered to Mackenzie and his father, Charles, Furlong testified.

Furlong said the items listed on the receipts were found in the RV.

In Bloomer’s bedroom, deputies found a digital scale, grinder, part of a bong and some loose marijuana on top of a dresser. In the kitchen, they found marijuana seeds and marijuana on a plate in a cabinet, Furlong testified.

Furlong testified that it appeared Bloomer was providing financial assistance in the growing operation in exchange for a small amount of marijuana.

Under cross-examination from Mackenzie’s attorney, Joel Walker, Furlong said the scale, grinder and bong found in Bloomer’s bedroom was not dusted for fingerprints.

Bloomer pleaded guilty Monday to manufacturing marijuana, a Class D felony. He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 21.

Mackenzie has said he grew marijuana to extract cannabis oil to treat painful lesions produced by his angiosarcoma, a terminal cancer of the blood vessels.

The jury won't hear his explanation, however. Scott County District Judge Henry Latham ruled in May that the law does not allow medicinal necessity as a legal defense.

After McElyea rested his case Thursday, Latham denied motions for acquittal from the Mackenzies.

Jones expressed concern that testimony thus far in the case may lead jurors to think the Mackenzies were drug dealers.

He argued that the defense should be allowed to present evidence to the contrary, namely that the marijuana was grown for medical use.

Latham denied Jones’ request and pointed out that the Mackenzies are not charged with drug dealing and that the evidence thus far — mainly the presence of drug paraphernalia in the home — is that they were using the marijuana that they grew.

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CitizenKane
CitizenKane

According to CORPUS JURIS SECUNDUM Volume 7, section 4: An attorneys FIRST duty is to the Courts...-NOT his client. THIS is why the Public Defenders (aka Public Pretenders) will NOT represent the Individual Rights as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution(s). These "lawyers" are gangsters, belonging to secret societies like the BAR (British Attorney Registry, the King's manipulative arm into America's affairs) The creatures of the BAR were NOT allowed in American courts until the infestation had become overwhelming. NOTICE the inherent Conflicts of Interest where, in All Three rotten Branches of the US Gov't, most members are lawyers belonging to the BAR and or other secret society. Where is the TRUTH ? TRANSPARENCY ? They hide in the dark, wearing black robes, like witches and warlocks, speaking in tongues, Codes and Hocus Pocus Motions (legalese). Some wear suits, even on hot days AND don't sweat ! Why ? Because they are heartless, COLD to the core. "Charming" but "deadly" "aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse." You Tube: Legal Land, Lawless America

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

GET IT STRAIGHT - JURY NULLIFICATION. Google: The Necessity of Government - Importance of Philosophy. Read what Thomas Jefferson said about the Purpose of Gov't is to PROTECT INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS of its citizens (against the abuses of the gov't itself).
THEN, look to the list on the left. Click on TRIAL By JURY and read the second purpose of a TRIAL BY JURY: NULLIFICATION where the law is a bad law. The "WAR ON DRUGS" is a BAD LAW a FRAUD. Look at the results: More of its people in prison than any other civilization in the history of man and over half are in for non-violent marijuana related "offenses."

Banned in the QCA
Banned in the QCA

I don't know what everyone is so worked up about. This case is not going to change any laws or set any precedent. This is simply a bunch of stoners/growers/dealers who got caught. One of them happens to be sick so they are trying to use that to justify their actions, and he has nothing to lose because he will be dead soon anyway so why not give it a shot. I'm certain that the bong they found isn't used in any way to make cannibis oil. These people have been smoking and growing weed long before he got sick, they just think in their clouded little stoner brains that they can use that as an excuse. Reality check.... They can't. All the druggies on the medical marijuana bandwagon are hipocrites as well. All you smokers know darn well what your intentions are, be real about it instead trying put a spin on it. You all just want to get high.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

This is about the corrupt systematic attacks on the American family. Corporate Bullies with Badges & Bullets, picking the pockets of the People under the guise of "safety" for all. Informed people know that they have rights, guaranteed by the supreme law of the land: Constitution of the united States of America, which is being usurped by Administrative (CORPORATE) "law." The Judge & persecutor represent the corporation (State of Iowa). They have an inherent Conflict of Interest and will NOT abide or rule in favor of the People who assert their rights, because, if every body did this, the real criminals, the corporations, would loose money. As it is, they bank on a 90 something percent PLEA BARGAIN rate. That means, most people have been taken advantage of due to their lack of knowledge of the TRUTH. see Bible, Book of Hose 4:6 My People Will Be Silenced. "Judge" Latham ordered Benton MacKenzie to be silent on WHY he was treating his cancer with a proven remedy that Big Pharma, together with CONgressional inaction, continue to deprive the citizens of this vital revenue source and defraud us of honest government. They are keeping it illegal to feed their personal interests and corporate prison system, putting profits before people. Subjugating and abusing human rights.
Read SNAKES IN SUITS, When Psychopaths Go To Work, by Paul Babiak, Ph.D & Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. One of the definitions of a psychopath is that of a person"who does not care about other people, and who is usually dangerous or violent." These are the creatures that aspire to positions over their victims. Bankers, Judges, Prosecutors, "Law" enforcement officers (NOT ALL, but too many) When such a person (or Persons) is unrestrained and is unleashed upon a society (family, one person at a time) as awhile, that person's behavior is almost certainly going to manifest itself in "aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse." Those people (Judge / Prosecutor) can be "charming" but "deadly." - Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. University British Columbia. "Their hallmark is a stunning lack of conscience," Their game is self-gratification..." - Here is a case where fundamental human rights are being violated under the guise of law enforcement when in actuality it is an ABUSE OF PROCESS , Violations of Due Process of Law(s) and a Fraud upon the "court," with the prosecutor and judge conspiring in concert. The MacKenzie family, just like all American families, have the right to "Self-Determination" in other words, the Court has NO Personal Jurisdiction over what course of medical treatment we choose. It is OUR Bodies and OUR CHOICE(s). The Courts are wrong to advocate for Big Pharma and THEIR special corporate interests. Notice how many politicians take "Campaign CONtributions" from drug companies and special corporate interests. Banned in QCA is NOT FLOURIDE, NOT GMO's, NOT POISONS That CAUSE CANCER, just anything that helps the people stay FREE of Big Pharma aka Murderers Inc.

aequitas
aequitas

There you go again. Administrative law. What on earth are you talking about? You acknowledge that the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. That's a start. Did you know that there's a whole article dedicated to states, including the State of Iowa? Did you know that it specifically references the public acts (laws) and judicial proceedings of the state? I'm guessing you're actually more of a cafeteria constitutionalist.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

There you go deflecting again. The US Gov't is out of control. They Lied about Iraq. They lied about how good they take care of its veterans. They lied about the "War On Drugs." They Gulp Down the Camel, yet strain at the nat. Case in Point they poison our water with Cancer Causing Flouride, They Poison our food supply with GMO's and refuse to label them so we, the consumer, can make an INFORMED CHOICE (something this DeFacto Gov't has ruled against), they have dumbed down the "Edumacation" system & turned it into OBEDIENCE CONDITIONING CAMPS (hence the medical "adverse reactions" to the mind altering PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS that were forced upon the kids who turned into mass shooters). FYI the Constitution has a Bill of Rights designed to PROTECT INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS against Bully Corporations (Out of Control gov'ts like the STATE OF IOWA). The Constitution does "provide" for States, but does NOT allow them to run amuck away from the Constitution. ALL LAWS must be consistent with the Constitution. When they infringe on Individual Rights, they become UnConstitutional and THAT is where JURY NULLIFICATION comes into play because the legislature has been derelict in their duty to protect Individual Rights. These politicians are parasites on the arse of society. Drawing up pay raises for themselves while everyone else gets pay cuts. The Iowa legislature has had ample opportunity to get it right and they have failed because they are failures by nature. They do NOT represent the people. They represent themselves first and special corporate interests like private prisons. You and your ilk are part of the problem, NOT any solution. Stop deflecting and READ about JURY NULLIFICATION. Google: The Necessity of Gov't - Importance of Philosophy. You will see that "The Purpose of gov't is to PROTECT the Individual rights of its citizens. (In this case, the MacKenzie's rights have been attacked, abused, defiled, assaulted, etc). Look to the list on the left of page and click on TRIAL BY JURY. You will read that the second purpose of a JURY is NULLIFICATION, something that the "Court" and its jesters, "pubic defenders" included have FAILED and will continue to FAIL to INFORM the JURY OF. WHY ? Because the "COURT" is operated by greedy creatures that are classified as psychopaths:"aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without remorse." - see SNAKES IN SUITES, When Psychopaths Go To Work - by Paul Baiak, Ph.D and Robert D. Hare, Ph.D

ttdad
ttdad

Some judges really do think they are superior and smarter the us mere citizens.

Kind of reminds me of people who use the excuse of saying something rude as "just being honest".
Rude is rude and dumb decisions are still dumb.

iowalittledog
iowalittledog

Laws are often revised because they are outdated. Does slavery ring a bell.

Banned in the QCA
Banned in the QCA

It doesn't ring a bell to any of us because it was soooo long ago. Good god man get over it. Quit using it as an excuse for your race. Really that is played out man. What do you want? 40 acres and a mule? A ride back to the motherland? Your rhetoric is so lame in this day and age. Take some responsibility for your own life and try to lift your people up rather than always cry about something so far gone.

iowalittledog
iowalittledog

The defendant should show up at court and claim he can't proceed because he is sick and unable to get the correct medicine. I would play sick everyday so sick that I could not assist counsel. I'd even fall out in the courtroom and make them take me to a hospital. This would go on everyday

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

If a defendant, or anyone else, who swears under oath, to tell the truth, the WHOLE truth...and then is asked WHY ? How is this questioned answered ? Evasively ? Less than truthful ? The Bill of Rights, under the supreme LAW of the land, the Constitution, guarantees a defendant the RIGHT to Self Defense. Not a defense minus what an Administrative Law "judge" manufactures. The LIES and DECEPTION being MANUFACTURED in this case by the "court" and its jesters are far more harmful to the people and society than anything the MacKenzie family is being persecuted for. Again, JURY NULLIFICATION. A JURY has the RIGHT and OBLIGATION to bring in a NOT GUILTY VERDICT when there is a BAD LAW, regardless of weather or not it was broken. If a Law says you can't ingest something healthy, it IS A BAD LAW. OPEN your eyes. Is the City Council looking out for your health when they allow our water to be intentionally poisoned with CANCER CAUSING FLOURIDE ? They have done NOTHING to stop it. Is the Iowa legislature looking out for the tax payer's best interest ? Why are THEY Defrauding the citizens of honest services by refusing to tax marijuana ? WHY has the Iowa Legislature FAILED to TAX MARIJUANA so that the tax payers have the benefit of this REVENUE ? SOMEBODY is making money ? The REAL CRIMINALS are profiting by keeping marijuana illegal. FOLLOW THE MONEY. TAX PAYERS ARE BEING DEFRAUDED IN IOWA. NO MORE EXCUSES. JURY NULLIFICATION. THE JURY HAS THE POWER TO SET THIS RIGHT BY VOTING "NOT GUILTY." THAT IS HOW THE PEOPLE WRITE CASE LAW = COMMON LAW = COMMON SENSE. Iowa Policy makers are operating under the influence of High Fructose Corn Syrup or some prescription medication that causes brain fog. Other states have taken the lead because Iowa's representatives represent the corporate interests of the criminal / gov't "class." READ about JURY NULLIFICATION. "NOT GUILTY."

Hugh Stoner
Hugh Stoner

Legalize this medicine. Reading the earlier posts some think you can use a medical defense. You cannot, Judges use precedent in US law. A long time ago a judge ruled it is illegal to posses under current law and any reasons for having it isn't relevant and cannot be raised. Once something is adjudicated judges don't "reinvent the wheel" they rely on precedent. And that is why you can not use a medical necessity defense. Just google the Kettle Falls five.

BJPALMER
BJPALMER

NOTICE how Aequitas deflects from the truth about JURY NULLIFICATION. About the Court being an Administrative Court and NOT a Constitutional Court. About how Administrative Law is usurping our Constitutional Rights for the benefit of the few and to the detriment of the People. Aequitas will no doubt try to convince the uninformed that the US has the Best Legal system in the world, while ignoring the fact that they have more of its people in prison than any other civilization in the history of man and most of them are in on non-violent marijuana related "offenses" because they plea bargained with "public defenders" who ALWAYS puts the Courts INTERESTS First!
Also take note that the name AEQUITAS (WIKIPEDIA) ..during the Roman Empire...was part of the Religious Propaganda of the Emperor. Coincidence ? Draw your own conclusions.
The FACTS as known by the People is that the legal system is broken. Aequitas would have the uniformed believe that if a law is a bad law it can be rectified by the legislature. The problem is obvious. LOOK at how long it took the legislature to enact labeling laws to warn us that TOBACCO "MAY" BE HAZARDOUS to our health. IT TOOK TWO CENTURIES and untold millions of DEATHS. The legislature REFUSES to label GMO foods. The Policy makers, Law makers, Rulers etc. have allowed the people to be poisoned by VACCINATIONS that are NOT safe or effective (You Tube: Dr. Carley, Gary Null, NVIC, or MAURICE HILLEMAN, the Developer of most of the vaccines on schedule for our children. HILLEMAN tells us that these VACCINES CAUSE CANCERS, DIABETES, and DISEASE in general) MOST uninformed people find that hard to believe because the "AUTHORITIES" have ORDERED others to be SILENCED. Sound Familiar ? THIS IS EXACTLY the sort of CRIMINAL CONDUCT that is being employed by the "Court" and their jesters. THEY are pulling the wool over your eyes AND it is not even 100% Wool, its DuPont Polyester, an unNatural synthetic fiber that many people have allergic reactions to, some develop cancers ! NOTICE how AEQUITAS ignores refuting the authorities listed and their Rulings about JURY NULLIFICATION and the Rights as Guaranteed by the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution. I've been to this Scott County District Court and had a "hearing" befire one of their "Judges" who, as he took his seat said: "I don't want to hear anything about the Constitution." These "Courts" railroad people as a matter of routine and without conscience. They are predators, perverting the Spirit of Justice. They twist the truth and silence by intimidation tactics. It am sure the readers, the People, agree.

aequitas
aequitas

LOL! Or it's just Latin for the concept of justice and equality...

You keep getting hung up on this administrative law thing. As mentioned elsewhere, the US Constitution provides for states; the Iowa Constitution provides for a district court; this is a district court case. Repeating nonsense about administrative law does not bring it any closer to a rational thought. Neither does creating new user accounts.

bballfanedc76
bballfanedc76

It is a complicated situation, I just don't think I would be inclined to "give it my all" if I were prosecuting this man.

Banned in the QCA
Banned in the QCA

It doesn't matter why he broke the law. He knowingly chose to break the law. He could have went to a state where it is legal but instead he chose to break the law. These people were smoking dope long before he got sick, now he is looking for a free pass by using his illness as an excuse.

Bette Krocker
Bette Krocker

Exactly!

Bette Krocker
Bette Krocker

Hmm another Bloomer, the last one was caught for making meth at a daycare.

Bette Krocker
Bette Krocker

Possible family business? One charged with making meth in a home daycare, now one with pot.

CaliBoss
CaliBoss

California, Washington and Colorado thank you for keeping prices high and the $$$ rolling WEST...filling any order at anytime, thanks a trillion (dollar$)

CaliBoss
CaliBoss

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana, changed the world....hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women's rights...you don't deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL...

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

bballfanedc76
bballfanedc76

Aequitas

longjohn412
longjohn412

This proves once again that our joke of a Just-us system is not only blind but tone deaf and really really dumb

Meanwhile the real Criminals that stole billions and billions in 2008 remain free to continue their Criminal Activity .....

bballfanedc76
bballfanedc76

Aquinas, you obviously know a lot about the legal system. It is difficult for some of us to see things so black and white. This family is suffering and to put them all through this seems inhumane to me. I don't know them but I find myself thinking about them often!

bballfanedc76
bballfanedc76

I think the reason people get "worked up" about this is because the thought of what this family is going through is so heartbreaking. It doesn't seem as though much compassion is being shown to this family by certain individuals. In my opinion they should have been left alone in the first place but since that wasn't the case the jury should know the reason for the marijuana plants.

aequitas
aequitas

Even if possession of marijuana were legalized for medicinal purposes, that's not what these folks allegedly did. It's not what they're charged with. Don't mistake my criticism of the conspiracy theorists and those who misplace and misdirect their outrage for a lack of compassion for a very sick man.

The law should be changed, but that's not done arbitrarily from the bench.

ScotFree
ScotFree

The Law is very clear. Medical marijuana is a legal defense. Benton MacKenzie has the legal right to self defense and he can speak openly and freely. THAT is the law according to the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. The "law" that the Court is talking about is Administrative "law" which is unconstitutional. According to the Constitution AND Common Law / Case law as mentioned and specifically stated in other posts, ALL laws that are unconstitutional are NULL and VOID. The reason this "Court" doesn't INFORM the public of these FACTS is that they do not want the people to know the truth. How can a judge demand that you take an oath to "..tell the truth, the WHOLE truth and nothing but the truth" but then order that person not to tell the truth about his cancer and using marijuana oil to treat it ? This is a FARCE on its face. These "Court" creatures are deceptive, dishonest as are the commenters that join in on the cover-up. Administrative Law does NOT trump the Constitution. Administrative law is usurping the Constitution and the rights of the American people against such tyranny. These creatures represent the scum of the state of Iowa. The Stuck-On-High Fructose Corn Syrup peddlers of disease. THAT is their special corporate interest. To make US SICK so we have to take THEIR brand of medicine.
Read the comments of Citizen Kane & Scot Free. THAT is the TRUTH. A Jury has the RIGHTFUL DUTY to over ride the prosecutor and the "judge" especially knowing that the "law" THEY mention, but fail to disclose, is ADMINISTRATIVE (Corporation / Gov't / special interest) "LAW," which is a BAD law and is by law, unconstitutional, NULL & VOID.

aequitas
aequitas

You keep saying "self defense." From a legal standpoint, I do not think that means what you think it means.

It looks like the commenter formerly known as Acts has spawned two new personas: ScotFree and CitizenKane. You can tell he got confused when he posted just now under ScotFree and referred to himself in the third person. Must have mixed up those logins. This snakeoil salesman repeats nonsense over and over and over again hoping desperately that someone will believe his bizarre conspiracy theories.

For a dose of reality and civics education: there is the United States Constitution, Iowa Constitution, Code of Iowa (the laws duly passed by the legislature and signed by the executive), and Administrative Rules (created by the executive). Acts/ScotFree/CitizenKane wants you to believe that this is an administrative rule. It is not. He wants you to believe that juries are not informed as to the language and nature of the law. They are.

He throws out concepts like unfettered free speech in the context of a trial, but he neglects to apply that notion to the prosecution who is barred from using certain types of testimony and evidence as well. Rules of evidence exist to ensure that BOTH sides have a fair hearing on relevant information. Why he was growing is irrelevant to the charge he is faced with. If you want to make it relevant, then change the law.

The courts routinely weigh in on which laws are constitutional and which ones are not. Those decisions guide future courts. That's the role of the judiciary, and that's how some of these decisions on rules of evidence have been made. The remedy if you disagree is to appeal to a higher court or change the law.

sippi
sippi

I want to know the justification for not allowing someone to explain IN THEIR DEFENSE the reasons for their actions. I do NOT understand why he cannot explain his case.. (of course I KNOW why he cant, but I want to know WHY he cant)
drug house? Marijuana is an herb... and its sickening to the core that 2 states away this man would be comforted by the use of medicine that is not harmful, but here in Iowa he is a criminal... shame on you Iowa!

aequitas
aequitas

Two states over it would likely still be illegal for him to have a growing operation on a residence.

Folks, he's not charged with simply possessing cannabidoil for medicinal use. He's charged with growing a lot of it (manufacturing). The issue of why he was growing it is not a legal defense because the "why" he was growing is not an element of the offense charged. It's irrelevant just as any prior interactions with law enforcement would be irrelevant to this trial.

ruralrat
ruralrat

if I was Ben MacKenzie and a judge wouldn't let me use my illness as a defense I would show up to court wearing hospital pajamas blood stains and all

Black Tee
Black Tee

furlong is a lying snake.. i have had personal contact this dude in a drug case.. he will lie under oath and make up facts just to get a conviction.. him and detective paul of the bettendord PD are scum.. ill never believe anything their name is attached to. you can add gordon morse from dport PD to that list as well!!

ScotFree
ScotFree

SKUNK ? I smell a rat infestation. These Court officials are Conveying False and Misleading Information to the public, defrauding the people of honest services and inducing Legal Abuse Syndrome of the MacKenzie family, let alone the rest of us.
A psychopath is that sort of a person who does not care about other people, and is usually dangerous. When such a person (prosecutor) is unrestrained and is unleashed upon society as a whole, that person's behavior is almost certainly going to manifest itself in "aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse."
"Their hallmark is astunning lack of conscience," "Their game is self-gratification at the other person's expense."
"The most obvious expressions of psychopath involve flagrant violation of society's rules." (i.e.. Violating the Constitution. Violating a person's inherent rights of free speech by threatening the defendant with jail time for contempt of court if he uses his medical defense, tells the jury he has cancer and is using cannabid oil to treat it. ) Those psychopaths usually use "charm and chameleon-like abilities to cut a wide swath through society and leave a wake of ruin behind them. They function without restraints of conscience." Psychopaths are super intelligent charmers who are highly skilled at playing others in order to get what they want. They are keenly perceptive at reading people, understanding their motives and values, brilliant at learning their weaknesses and blind spots and are highly effective at inducing both sympathy and or guilt in others."
In short, all psychopaths have a deeply disturbing inability to care about the pain and suffering experienced by others...a complete lack of empathy, the prerequisite of love.
Legal Abuse Syndrome was documented in Alfred Hitchcock's ONLY true story: The Wrong Man, starring Henry Fonda, a married man wrongfully accused by eye witnesses who obviously made a mistake when the real criminal was caught. The two men had similar features, but they were NOT the same. The wife of the wrongly accused was hospitalized for a couple of years and was never the same. The family was destroyed by the legal "process." Legal Abuse Syndrome is real. Google it.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Read the definition of JURY NULLIFICATION. A JURY has the POWER & DUTY to NULLIFY, even where the "Law" has been broken, if the jury believes that the broken law is an unjust law. The Administrative Law Judge here, like most ALJ's, are usurping the Constitution. They don NOT want to hear anything about the Constitution, because this is NOT a Constitutional Court. It is an Administrative Court which represents the special interests of the BULLY CORPORATION aka STATE OF IOWA.
These ALJ's swear an Oath of office to the Constitution of the United States of America & to the Constitution of the State of Iowa and yet the judge and the prosecutors routinely violate their oaths when they violate the Constitution, which guarantees an individual the right to self-defense and the right to speak freely in his own self defense.
The judge is clearly wrong in ordering the defendant to withhold the whole truth of his medical necessity. The judge wrongly claims that the "Law" doesn't allow medical defense. This is deceptive because he fails to cite the "law.' My guess is that it is NOT Constitutional law, but a State of Iowa law, and a bad one at that.
"ALL laws which are repugnant to the Constitution (of the United States of America) are NULL & Void." - see Marbury vs. Madison, 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174, 176, (1803) Moreover:

"Where rights secured by the Constitution (Right to Self Defense, Right to Self Determination, Right to Speech...) are involved, there can be NO RULE making or LEGISLATION which would abrogate them." see Miranda vs Arizona. 384 US 436 p. 491.

The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute (the "Law" Latham fails to cite specifically, deceptively, dishonestly) though having the form and name of law, is in reality NO LAW, but is wholly VOID, and INEFFECTIVE for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it.
"NO ONE is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d. Sec 256.
This demonstrates the deceptive nature of the prosecution and the judge who are working in concert to defraud these people of their Constitutional rights inherent of God.
The unGodly deceptive dishonest actions are clearly unconstitutional and therefore unlawful.
The JURY CAN & SHOULD Disregard anything this prosecutor and Judge says from here on out because they have proven themselves to be unGodly creatures and predators of a psychopathic nature; aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse."
"The Jury has an unreviewable and unreversible power...to ACQUIT in disregard of the instructions on the law given by trial judge..." (emphasis added) U.S. vs Dougherty, 473 F 2nd 1113, 1139 (1972).
Human Beings, like the MacKenzie family, are endowed with INALIENABLE RIGHTS such as LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. FREEDOM OF RELIGION, SPEECH, SELF DEFENSE etc. Gov't has no business telling someone which things are healthy to ingest. IF the Gov't did care, they would BAN TOBACCO, Stop putting cancer causing Flouride in our water, stop putting cancer causing chemicals in our foods and drinks, and in general, stop murdering us with medicine, chemotherapy etc.

aequitas
aequitas

The United States Constitution authorizes states, like the State of Iowa, under a state constitution. The Iowa Constitution provides for a judicial branch of the government, including district courts. Judge Latham is a district court judge as authorized by the Iowa Constitution. Administrative law judges exist within the executive branch of government. District court judges, like Judge Latham, exist within the judicial branch of government.

If you can't get even the basics right, why should anyone believe anything else from your disjointed rants that border on the delusional?

unbelievable injustice
unbelievable injustice

Meant judge Latham not Jones in my previous comment about terminal cancer.

unbelievable injustice
unbelievable injustice

The title of this article should be 'Judge won't allow defense. ..'. That's the real news here

Charger
Charger

To be fair others were using it to smoke. It wasn't solely for the purpose of treating his cancer.

unbelievable injustice
unbelievable injustice

It takes a lot of plants to get enough oil extracted. Marijuana isn't legal here but why can't the jury at least hear the reason this man was growing it. Not allowing him to state the reason at least seems a terrible injustice. I personally hope Jones gets the same type of cancer.

finch
finch

Jones??? Jones is the defendant's lawyer who wants to tell the jury it's used for medical purposes.

finch
finch

Oh, sorry, I see you've corrected that. :)

aequitas
aequitas

It takes a pretty sick and twisted individual to wish cancer upon another.

finch
finch

This is a travesty of justice. I'm disappointed in the county attorney.

budnight
budnight

71 plants? That's a whole lot of medicine for just one person!

1of3
1of3

They extract the oils from the plants, and it takes a lot of plants because each plant only contains a small amount of oil. Or at least, that is what I have read.

Um_whatever
Um_whatever

I sure hope they get his parent s on the charge of hosting a drug house. We wouldn't want these criminals in their mid-seventies or this man with his terminal cancer to get "froggy" on us.

Hypocrisy knows no bounds. Karma will pay these folks back, hopefully.

bogey05
bogey05

Your's is the best comment on here! Thanks for the laugh.

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