Perverting Justice in the Service of Cruelty

by Will

Liberty Minute July 14 2014

In a criminal trial, witnesses ? including defendants -- are put under oath to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Iowa District Judge Henry Latham violated that principle in the recently concluded show trial of 48-year old Benton MacKenzie, who was convicted of marijuana possession.

Police seized 71 marijuana plants from MacKenzie, who grew them to produce cannabis oil for use in treating angiosarcoma, an aggressive and terminal form of cancer that has left him wracked with pain and riddled with garish skin tumors, some of which are the size of grapefruit.

Prior to the trial, Judge Latham ruled that MacKenzie ?may not comment on his condition ? and may not testify to the medical use of marijuana.?

Under Iowa statutes, cannabis oil can legally be used to treat Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. If MacKenzie had been allowed to tell the full truth in court, it?s possible that the jury would have exercised its plenary authority to nullify the application of the law and acquit the defendant. Thus Judge Latham not only abused his discretion by suppressing the whole truth, he also undermined the authority of the jury. All of this constitutes grounds for impeachment ? and ostracism ? of a judge who clearly had no interest in justice.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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