Friday, March 16, 2007

Jolly Green Giant

The defendant was a respected scientist who convinced his doctor that he needed 10's of thousands of controlled substances for his "experiments." He said he planned to inject the substances into vegetables so the greens would be relaxed, and absorb more nutrients. From Judge Easterbrook of the 7th Circuit:

"[The scientist] says the vegetables took their medicine. The US Attorney believes that the drugs were sold on the black market and turned at least one person into a vegetable."

(The court found prior bad acts - drug dealing - inadmissible because of the prejudicial effect.)

US v. Beasley, 809 F2d 1273 (7th Cir. 1987).

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