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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-01-11 02:49 PM
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123. I'm not sure what you suggest is an option since ....
... my guilty plea was the result of a plea bargain, I have already served my two year probation sentence (completed in 2007) and the loss of my 25 acres was another civil asset forfeiture plea bargain to keep the remainder of my farm (150+ acres). I cannot afford an attorney to go back to court for anything. (My very good attorney had to represent me pro bono for five years as it was.) However, I am not an attorney and do not want to start playing one.

The petition for a Presidential pardon goes directly to the US Department of Justice, not to any court. Although I agree with you that this is a long shot, several people who work in executive clemency offices at the state level believe I present a strong case (see my work history, donated pro bono services and election reform activism embedded in this thread.) Besides, medical cannabis is a very hot topic these days and the court received almost 300 letters on my behalf during the criminal and civil actions. Most of those friends are willing to submit another letter, and they will be supplemented by several hundred more (it appears), based on my continued activism and the fact that 500+ people have received periodic updates on my case and have remained strongly behind me throughout this ordeal.

Again, because I am not an attorney, if you believe I can pursue the options you mentioned by myself (without paying an attorney with money I don't have) on a federal matter that was entirely adjudicated through plea agreements, please so inform me.

Your connections sound most impressive. So far, it looks like I might get letters from three different former governors (two of them Republican), current and former state legislators in four states and former and current Democratic Party chairs here in Tennessee. Plus lots (and lots) of articulate and committed Democratic party activists. Not bad for the start of this campaign, with a month to go before I submit anything.

Thanks again for your suggestions.
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