Jah on their side…

By Legal Eagle

This article about the collapse of a legal trial against some Rastafarians cracks me up.

Apparently the five Rastas had been charged with cannabis dealing, and the trial had been running for two weeks when one of the police officers recognised a paralegal from the defence team for one of the defendants. The paralegal was said to have telephoned the police and complained about alleged drug running at the Rastafarian temple, although she denied this. What were the chances of that?

The trial descended into chaos, and the prosecution decided not to tender any further evidence. The judge decided that the defendants should be acquitted.

(Hat tip to Dave Bath at Balneus)


  1. Posted April 16, 2008 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Who says lawyers aren’t into a bit of ‘make work’ on the side…

  2. pete m
    Posted April 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Bit like glass repairers paying kids to throw stones … (allegedly!)

  3. marcellous
    Posted April 17, 2008 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    This all seems overkill for a bit of cannabis dealing.

    It is obviously all part of a longer and more complex story. See, eg:


  4. Posted April 17, 2008 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, interesting story, Marcellous! That was my first thought too: why such a big fuss?

  5. littlbit
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Well it seem things have not changed. At least Rasties are allowed to use cannabis as sacrament, we Christians are not.

    Medical users are not permitted to use for their purpose either, in spite of the single treaty on narcotics saying it MUST be made available for medical.

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