Via TalkLeft, we find a very legitimate criticism of John Ashcroft and the Justice Department:
Still licking their wounds, federal prosecutors have fired another shot at freed grass guru Ed Rosenthal, appealing the light sentence that let the convicted medical pot grower walk away a free man last month.
The motion, filed late Thursday in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, does not go into any detail about the grounds of appeal, according to Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Jacobs, who would not comment on why the Department of Justice decided to appeal the sentence.
Rosenthal, who despite getting zero jail time is appealing the felony conviction, said the government’s appeal was “not surprising.”
“They are wasting more taxpayers’ money trying to put me in prison for this,” said Rosenthal. “It would be absurd, if it were not so serious.”
Rosenthal was convicted last spring of growing pot in an Oakland warehouse. The marijuana growing operation, which supplied a dispensary on Sixth Street in San Francisco, was legal under California law and had been inspected and signed off on by Oakland city officials.
The war on your neighbor continues…