Elderly Nun Sentenced To 35 Months In Prison For TN Nuclear Break-In

EarthFirst! – “A U.S. judge sentenced an 84-year-old nun, Sister Megan Rice, on Tuesday to 35 months in prison for breaking into a Tennessee military facility used to store enriched uranium for nuclear bombs.

Two others accused in the case, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, were sentenced to 62 months in prison. The three were convicted of cutting fences and entering the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in July 2012, embarrassing U.S. officials and prompting security changes.

“(Rice) does not have the extensive criminal records the others have. Her crimes are minimal in comparison to the others,” U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar said.

The three were also sentenced to three years of supervised release after leaving prison and ordered to pay restitution for the damage they caused.

Rice asked the judge not to take her age into consideration when handing out the sentence.

“To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest honor,” the nun said in court. “I hope that happens.”

Rice and the others admitted to spray painting peace slogans and hammering on exterior walls of the facility. When a guard confronted them, they offered him food and began singing.

The three were convicted by a federal jury last May of damaging national defense premises under the sabotage act, which carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years, and of causing more than $1,000 of damage to U.S. government property.

Prosecutors contended the break-in at the primary U.S. site for processing and storage of enriched uranium disrupted operations, endangered U.S. national security and caused physical damage.” Full Story on Earth First!

The Facebook Comment That Ruined a Life

“The fact is, the case should be dismissed,” he says. “He didn’t do anything wrong. … That’s what dictatorships all around the world used to do. They’d say, ‘If you confess to your crimes against the state, we will let you go.’ I mean, fuck you. I didn’t do anything wrong. … ‘Just admit you’re a witch or we’ll burn you. Why won’t you just admit you’re a witch?'”

Dallas Observer – “Approximately one hour after Justin Carter posted a sarcastic comment on a Facebook thread, his life began to ­unravel.

The first reaction occurred behind the scenes, in another country. The 18-year-old Carter had no way of knowing that, while he did grunt work at a drapery shop in San Antonio, a person in Canada saw his comments — posted 60 days after the Sandy Hook school-shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut — freaked out and initiated a 24-hour chain reaction of insanity that would wind up with Carter facing 10 years in prison.

Carter’s comments were part of a duel between dorks, and may have had something to do with a game with strong dork appeal called League of Legends. But the actual details and context of the online exchange are, in the eyes of Texas authorities, unimportant. Prosecutors say they don’t have the entire thread — instead, they have three comments on a cell-phone screenshot.

One of the comments appears to be a response to an earlier comment in which someone called Carter crazy. Carter’s retort was: “I’m fucked in the head alright, I think I’ma SHOOT UP A KINDERGARTEN [sic].”

Carter followed with “AND WATCH THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT RAIN DOWN.”

When a person writing under the profile name “Hannah Love” responded with “i hope you [burn] in hell you fucking prick,” Carter put the cherry on top: “AND EAT THE BEATING HEART OF ONE OF THEM.” (The Austin police officer who wrote up the subsequent report noted: “all caps to emphasize his anger or rage.” )

That’s when someone in Canada — an individual as yet unidentified in court records — notified local authorities. Because Carter’s profile listed him as living in Austin, the Canadians sent the tip to the Austin Police Department. Along with a cell-phone screenshot of part of the thread and a link to Carter’s Facebook page, the tipster provided this narrative: “This man, Justin Carter, made a number of threats on Facebook to shoot up a class of kindergartners. … He also made numerous comments telling people to go shoot themselves in the face and drink bleach. The threats to shoot the children were made approximately an hour ago.”

…Based on a Travis County prosecutor’s belief that there was probable cause to charge Carter with a third-degree terroristic threat — which carries a penalty of two to 10 years — a judge issued an arrest warrant. U.S. marshals traced Carter to the drapery shop in San Antonio, where he worked, and handcuffed the cherub-faced, brown-haired teen. Until that point, his only brush with the law was a temporary restraining order two years earlier.

After his booking into the Bexar County Jail, authorities discovered that he actually lived inNew Braunfels — Comal County. After his transfer there, his bond was increased from $250,000 to half a million dollars.

According to Carter’s attorney, Don Flanary, the 18-year-old suffered brutal attacks in the Comal County Jail during the four months he was held there.

Police records allege that, upon being booked into Bexar County Jail, Carter stated, “I guess what you post on Facebook matters.”

He had no idea.” Full Story on Dallas Observer

Iraq: Security Forces Abusing Women in Detention

“The abuses of women we documented are in many ways at the heart of the current crisis in Iraq,” Stork said. “These abuses have caused a deep-seated anger and lack of trust between Iraq’s diverse communities and security forces, and all Iraqis are paying the price.” 

Truthloader- “A report released today reveals that Iraqi security forces have illegally detained thousands of women and subjected many of them to torture, ill-treatment and even sexual abuse in order to extract confessions from them. These confessions have then been used against them in court and resulted in the execution of at least one woman.

We spoke to Joe Stork from Human Rights Watch who explained that these women are being used as kind of “hostages” against male relatives wanted by the state, and that many of them face long-term stigma as a result of their ordeals.”

Read the report from Human Rights Watch Here

Human Rights Watch – The 105-page report, “‘No One Is Safe’: Abuses of Women in Iraq’s Criminal Justice System,”documents abuses of women in detention based on interviews with women and girls, Sunni and Shia, in prison; their families and lawyers; and medical service providers in the prisons at a time of escalating violence involving security forces and armed groups. Human Rights Watch also reviewed court documents and extensive information received in meetings with Iraqi authorities including Justice, Interior, Defense, and Human Rights ministry officials, and two deputy prime ministers.

“Iraqi security forces and officials act as if brutally abusing women will make the country safer,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “In fact, these women and their relatives have told us that as long as security forces abuse people with impunity, we can only expect security conditions to worsen.”

In January 2013, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki promised to reform the criminal justice system, beginning with releasing detained women who had judicial orders of release. A year later, the brutal tactics of security forces remain essentially the same and hundreds of women remain in detention illegally.” Full Article Here

K5 Robots Predict & Prevent Crime in Your Community

The creators of the K5 robo-cop are calling these robots, “New Hometown Heroes”…it really just gives you the warm fuzzies, doesn’t it? Just imagine the near-limitless profit potential, er, safety potential…pretty soon we’ll have Pre-Crime Cops, Pre-Crime SWAT Teams…PreCrime detention centers where people can stay until…uh…K5 decides they are no longer a threat to the neighborhood? Sing along after me now, boy and girls…

“It’s a beautiful robotic day in the neighborhood, a robotic day in the neighborhood…don’t think of a crime…or else you’ll be mine…” 

Knightscope - “Imagine a friend that can see, hear, feel and smell that would tirelessly watch over your neighborhood, keep your loved ones safe and put a smile on anyone walking by your business. Imagine if we could utilize technology to make our communities stronger and safer…..together.

Knightscope is developing technology that will predict and prevent crime with an innovative combination of hardware, software and social engagement.

Crime has a $1+ trillion negative economic impact on the US each year and it will only worsen with the continued increases in population, strains on municipal budgets and volatility around the world.

The Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machine utilizes a combination of autonomous robots and predictive analytics to provide a commanding but friendly physical presence while gathering important real-time on-site data with numerous sensors.

How Does It Work?

Data collected through these sensors is processed through our predictive analytics engine, combined with existing business, government and crowdsourced social data sets, and subsequently assigned an alert level that determines when the community and the authorities should be notified of a concern.

If an alert is pushed, the K5 machine will turn on all of its sensors to allow the entire community to review everything and also contribute important real-time information. Our approach alleviates any privacy concerns, engages the community on a social level to effectively crowdsource security, and provides an important feedback loop to the prediction engine.

Dimensions:

Height – 60 Inches (1,524 mm)

Length – 36 Inches (914 mm)

Width – 32 inches (813 mm)

Weight – 300 pounds (136 kg)

CUSTOMER Applications

Knightscope’s quickest avenue to commercialize the K5 technology is to augment private security services on corporate campuses and in large, vacant buildings and warehouses. Tedious and monotonous monitoring should be handled by the K5, leaving “hands-on” activities to security personnel.

Knightscope has also received numerous inquiries proposing a variety of use cases where the K5 would make a positive impact. These offer substantial future growth opportunities in areas including, but not limited to, schools, shopping centers, hotels, auto dealerships, stadiums, casinos, law enforcement agencies, seaports, and airports.

USGIF: Where Our National Security Begins

While I was searching for more information (specifically about James R. Clapper Jr.) to add to the The Menace of the Military Mind post last night, I stumbled across a rather interesting corpo-government website that provides a nice behind-the-scenes look at some of the movers, shakers and decision makers who are responsible for our ever-growing World Wide Spy Machine. Here are some bits & pieces of what I’ve browsed through so far…Enjoy! ~Reb

 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, Inc

USGIF - “In 2003, a group of leading authorities realized an inherent need for a unified vision and approach to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. This group created the successful GEO-INTEL 2003 conference—the predecessor to the annual GEOINT Symposium—and in early 2004 established USGIF. The Foundation’s mission was, and continues to be, to bring together government, industry, academia, professional organizations and individuals for the advancement of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft as it relates to national security.

Being the first and only organization of its kind, USGIF has helped to advance the tradecraft through its many events and programs, such as the highly acclaimed GEOINT Symposium and technology focused Tech Days. The Foundation currently has more than 200 sustaining member organizations supporting and assisting in executing the Foundation’s objectives. The Foundation also has made education a top priority, exemplified by its scholarships, college and university accreditation programs, grants to underprivileged K-12 schools and other initiatives.

USGIF is dedicated to bringing together the many disciplines involved in the geospatial intelligence sector to exchange ideas, share best practices and promote the education and importance of a national geospatial intelligence agenda.”

USGIF is located at 2325 Dulles Corner Boulevard, Suite 450, Herndon, VA 20171.

Download USGIF Fact Sheet

ProjectGEO- “Oct 23, 2012 In this special coverage interviewing USGIF President Keith Masback we dive into detail on several topics including what the USGIF is, it’s mission, and it’s impact on the GEOINT community. Keith also talks about the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and the GEOINT symposium. Watch the video to get exciting insight into the USGIF.

Keynote Speakers At GEOINT

(National Snitch-N- Snoop Convention?)

Keynotes for GEOINT 2013*

January 9, 2014 -Several speakers have reconfirmed their keynote addresses for the rescheduled GEOINT2013* Symposium, to be held April 14-17, 2014, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

Confirmed speakers include:

• The Honorable James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
• LTG Michael T. Flynn, U.S. Army, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
• Ms. Letitia A. Long, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
• ADM William H. McRaven, U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Special Operations
Command (USSOCOM)
• Ms. Betty J. Sapp, Director, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
• Mr. Robert Scoble & Mr. Shel Israel, Co-Authors, “Age of Context”

The annual GEOINT Symposium is the nation’s premier intelligence event. It offers a wealth of quality information, cutting-edge technologies, and top-notch activities that keep attendees coming back year after year. In addition to insightful keynote addresses and though-provoking panels with leaders from the Defense and Intelligence communities, the GEOINT Symposium provides attendees with an unparalleled opportunity to network at various social events and explore new technologies in a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall.

GEOINTv 2012-Booth Tour Northrop Grumman (Video)

USGIF ACCOUNT LEVELS AND PRICING 

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

USGIF released its 2013 Membership Directory in the Q1 issue of trajectory magazine.

The directory contains brief descriptions and contact information for all 224 USGIF sustaining member organizations. The directory is also complemented by an online capabilities index, which lists more than 50 products and services the membership organizations provide.

Download the 2013 USGIF Membership Directory

USGIF BOARD MEMBERS

USGIF’s Africa Working Group Hosts First Event

Project Geo – S2 E6 – Apocalyptic Maps

Pot Smokers Must Choose: Guns Or Pot?

Young Turks – “The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday unveiled their proposed rules for the state’s medical marijuana pilot program — including several proposals that are receiving significant backlash from marijuana advocates. medical-pot-symbol

Among the proposals are that medical marijuana users would need to pay a $150 annual fee to participate in the program by getting a special photo ID, in addition to agreeing to be fingerprinted, undergoing a criminal background check and relinquishing their right to own a gun, the Associated Press reports.

The IDPH is now accepting public comment on their proposals through Feb. 7 before it plans to submit their recommendations to state lawmakers by the end of April, followed by another public comment period, the Chicago Tribune reports. Patient applications aren’t expected to begin to be considered until September.”

Modern Police Interrogation Techniques Use Subtle Psychological Manipulation

Everest – ‘Nothing guarantees a criminal conviction more than a confession. But getting a confession—especially a confession that will hold up in court—is no easy task. To overcome a suspect’s natural impulse to deny guilt—and to avoid having an interrogation halted by a request for a lawyer—criminal justice experts have developed sophisticated interviewing techniques that employ subtle psychological manipulation and observation of body language to bring out the truth.

Perhaps the most influential expert in modern criminal interrogation was the late John E. Reid. Although trained in the use of the polygraph (lie-detector), Reid discovered he could achieve better results through emotional bonding and empathy than with technology. Reid went on to found his own company, John E. Reid and Associates, which continues to teach his technique to police departments throughout North America.

The nine steps of the “Reid Technique” are:

1) Direct Confrontation. The interrogator lays out the evidence that led to the suspect’s arrest, and then offers the suspect an early opportunity to confess.
2) Deflection.  If the suspect does not immediately confess, the interrogator suggests that some other person or set of circumstances forced the suspect to commit the crime, this providing the suspect with moral justification for his/her actions. This is called developing a “theme,” which may change over the course of the interrogation depending on how the suspect responds.
3) Dominance. The interrogator insists on doing all the taking, laying out various scenarios to explain how the crime may have occurred. By prohibiting the suspect from responding, the interrogator gives the suspect little or no chance to deny guilt (Once denials start, a confession becomes increasingly difficult to obtain) as well as few opportunities to demand an attorney.
4) Turning Objections into Justifications.  At this point, the suspect will give some character-based reason why he/she could not have committed the crime (“I hate violence!”), which a trained interrogator can then twist into an acceptable excuse for why the suspect did what he/she is accused of (“So you really didn’t want to kill him, did you?”)
5) Expressing Empathy. The interrogator continues to express empathy for the suspect, suggesting that he/she would have reacted just like the suspect did under similar circumstances. Again, the idea is to offer the suspect an opportunity to justify the crime within some socially acceptable framework.
6) Offering Alternative Themes. Often, at this point in the interrogation, the suspect becomes quiet and submissive. The interrogator should now offer a number of alternative “themes” or scenarios—along with possible motives—and observe which gets the most response from the suspect.
7) Posing the “Alternative Question.” Once a likely scenario has been established, the interrogator offers two scenarios, the major difference being that one has a more socially acceptable motive than the other. (e.g., “You hated her,” vs. “She gave you no choice.”) At this point, the suspect will usually select the “safer” option, but either way, guilt has been admitted.
8) Repetition. The interrogator has the suspect repeat the confession in front of one or more new witnesses, such as other police officers.
9) Documentation. The interrogator orders the confession written up and then signed by the suspect as quickly as possible.

To make the Reid system work, it’s also vital that the interrogator be trained in reading subtle changes in body language, including eye movements, that can be telltale signs of lying, evasion or insincerity.”

Jailed for Life for Stealing a $159 Jacket?

Democracy Now! – “A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls “extreme racial disparities.” The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report, “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses.”

 

Your Time In Iraq Makes You A Threat To Society

Speaking from prison, Iraqi war veteran Andrew “Sarge” Chambers tells the story of how he got there. As the judge told him when he sentenced Chambers to 10 years at Marion Correctional: “Your time in Iraq makes you a threat to society.” Chambers reminds us of the sacrifices that linger with soldiers — and simply asks us to listen.

“Andrew “Sarge” Chambers proudly hails from Pickerington, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army and has maintained the habit he acquired there of cursing just a bit too much. Throughout his service, Sarge was also able to maintain and hone his sense of honor and kindness, but the experience did slightly alter his sense of humor. While categorically not a morning person, when he is able to finally pry his eyes open, he always thinks to himself that he would rather be fishing. Most of his days are filled with coaching softball, Garth Brooks songs and thoughts of the family he hopes to be able to start soon. He is taking the stage to tell his story, parts of which can be seen in the documentary Operation Resurrection: The Warrior Returns. After TEDxMarionCorrectional he will work on his next unique thing.”

Operation Resurrection Trailer

12 Year Old Kids Being Thrown In Jail As Adults

In American kids as young as seven years old have been tried as adults and over 2,500 children are facing life sentences. Many argue that if a child isn’t old enough to drink or drive legally that they should be spared being put on trail as an adult for committing a crime. In most cases these adolescents are put in prisons with adults. 

Tha Truth

Tha Truth is a conscious/political underground hip hop artist and “rap-tivist” (rapper/activist) known around the Philadelphia area for battling inequality, poverty, discrimination, and injustice. He has performed in countless venues at concerts, colleges, marches, conferences, and benefits…

“Since 2006 Tha Truth has released four underground political rap albums that attack the forces that maintain the status quo. In 2006 he released “Tha Civil Rights Movement,” which was followed in 2007 by “Tha Civil Rights Movement Part II.” 2008 saw the release of “Tha People’s Music” album, on which Tha Truth sums up U.S. history from 1492 to present (inspired by Howard Zinn). Tha Truth’s latest work, “Tha Mis-Education of the Masses,”  was released on May 19th (Malcolm X’s birthday and 2 days before Harvey Milk’s birthday). This CD makes the same points as his previous projects, while adding sarcasm, humor, metaphors, and a more diverse array of beats.” Bio

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I first met up with Jay waybackwhen on MySpace. He is a most gracious & inspiring man who went out of his way to help me transcribe his lyrics so they could be shared with prisoners…I’ve never forgotten his kindness – and I sure have never stopped enjoying his outstanding tunes. I hope everyone takes some time to check out the rest of his work here at Tha Truth. Check out more tracks from Mis-Education of The Masses – or better yet, order a copy of one of his CD’s!

Prison Guards Accused Of Arranging Prisoner Fights, Staging “Retard Olympics”

The Raw Story – “State police have charged three Pennsylvania prison guards with organizing fights between inmates and other challenges described by one inmate as the “Retard Olympics.”

Authorities said the guards at the York County Prison encouraged inmates to drink a gallon of milk in one hour, take a punch in the arm without falling and allow themselves to be sprayed in the face with pepper foam.

In exchange, investigators said, the guards would reward them with food and coffee.

David Whitcomb, 28, Mark Haynes, 26, and Daniel Graff, 37, were charged with official oppression and placed on unpaid administrative leave, reported The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.

State police began their investigation after video footage apparently showing Haynes grabbing an inmate by the neck turned up during their investigation of an unrelated graffiti incident at the prison.

The inmate told state police that the guards set up a wrestling match between him and another inmate in a closet.

Another inmate told state police that he agreed to do “stupid stuff for food and coffee,” including snorting crushed-up candy, drinking water with pepper foam in it and eating fruit with the peels still on them.

He also said inmates wrestled two of the guards and allowed the guards to punch them on the arms and legs until they were numb.”

Full Article on Raw Story

 

Illinois Officers Rip Woman’s Clothes Off, Leave Her Naked on Cell Floor

Liberty Republic“Dana Holmes was arrested in May on a DUI charge to which she pleaded guilty. However, she never could have known what would be in store for her when she arrived at the LaSalle County Illinois jail. 

Holmes is alleging that she was illegally strip searched, when officers reacted to her moving her leg during a pat down. The video shows her move her leg slightly when officers quickly react and restrain her, then they throw her to the floor. After securing her, they then carry her into a padded cell, strip off her clothes and leave her lying there naked and alone.

State law in Illinois requires that strip searches only be performed when police have a “reasonable belief” that an individual is concealing a weapon or controlled substance on their body and they must be done by officers of the sam sex only where they can’t be watched. Resisting arrest is not grounds for a strip search in Illinois. The video clearly shows three male officers and one female. Holmes is suing for unspecified damages.” Full Story + Video

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Man Convicted After Police Smell Marijuana On His Money But Don’t Find Any Actual Drugs

The way your money smells could land you in jail. Seriously.

By Dominic KellyOpposing Views – “When William David Bush, a Sebastopol, Calif. resident, was pulled over for speeding, police searched his truck and found $47,000 in cash in his trunk. They suspected drugs were involved, but didn’t find any actual marijuana. They did, however, decide that his cash strongly smelled like pot and determined that the money had to have come from a drug deal. They arrested the man shortly thereafter, and has now been convicted following a two-day trial. 

“The odor was so overwhelming that one of the officers said he could smell it from across the road,” said prosecutor Sharmalee Rajakumaran.

Although they didn’t find any marijuana in Bush’s truck, they apparently did find a letter describing various strains of marijuana, as well as small particles of pot on the floor. They also discovered receipts for items that would be used to grow marijuana outdoors along with stubs from money orders used by many drug dealers to filter cash.

Bush, who represented himself in the trial, denied that the money came from marijuana sales and gave various reasons as to why he had $47,000 in cash in his trunk, including that it was given to him from his mother and that it was from his ATM business. Still, the testimony given by the police regarding the strong smell of the money along with the bits of evidence found in the vehicle were enough to convince a jury that Bush was guilty.

He could face a maximum of four years in prison, and his sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 24th.”

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via FIND LAW – By Aditi Mukherji on October 1, 2013 3:22 PM

Fact: If your money smells like pot, you could get busted — even if there’s no pot to be found.

William David Bush of Sebastopol, California, learned that the hard way when he was convicted of possessing proceeds from the sale of marijuana.

Cops pulled over his Benz and discovered $47,000 in his trunk which wafted a certain, shall we say, “skunk-like” aroma.

Stanky Money = Drug Money?

In general, automobiles may be stopped if an officer possesses a reasonable and articulable suspicion that the motorist has violated a traffic law.

Once the vehicle has pulled to the side of the road, the Fourth Amendment permits the officer to search the vehicle’s interior, including the glove compartment. However, the trunk of a vehicle can’t be searched unless the officer has probable cause to believe that it contains contraband or the instrumentalities of criminal activity.

In this case, it was the reefer smell of the pot proceeds that triggered probable cause. According to the prosecutor, it was more than a mere whiff o’ weed.

“The odor was so overwhelming that one of the officers said he could smell it from across the road,” prosecutor Sharmalee Rajakumaran said after the verdict was announced, reports The Press Democrat.

This adds a whole new dimension to why the chicken crossed the road…

Possessing Proceeds From the Sale of Marijuana

n California, it’s illegal to knowingly receive drug money.

Bush claimed the trunk of cash came from his ATM business and that his mother had given it to him. But the panel of jurors were swayed by police testimony that the moola smelled more than fishy… For an ATM business, the cash smelled awfully “maui wowie.”

Adding fuel to the reefer flame, further incriminating evidence included an alleged hand-written ledger of various marijuana strains, fine particles of pot on the floorboards, and stubs of money orders (which are often used for money laundering).

Unfortunately, Bush went down the pro se path and represented himself. He also rejected initial prosecution offers to drop the felony charge if he forfeited the money, reports the Press Democrat.

Bush faces a maximum of four years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 for possessing proceeds from the sale of marijuana.

Maybe next time he’ll invest some of his “ATM proceeds” into a few of those pine tree-shaped air fresheners — or maybe a kilo of them.” FIND LAW