MARIJUANA SMOKEOUT NEWS

March 19, 1998

by Julian Heicklen

Smart on Crime & Centre County Libertarian Party

Hello! Thanks for coming out. The preliminary hearing of Alan Gordon was held on March 11, 1998. My preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 18, 1998, at 1:00 PM. I delivered Meals on Wheels from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM on that day. Then I rushed from State College to the Courthouse in Bellefonte to be on time for my preliminary hearing. I had no lunch.

District Justice Alan Sinclair appeared at 1:20 PM. He did not introduce himself nor apologize for his tardiness. He proceeded with another case, which lasted until about 3:00 PM. This is the rudeness and arrogance of tyranny.

I left the courtroom at 1:25 PM, and returned to State College. Magistrate Sinclair issued a bench warrant for my arrest at about 3:00 PM. Three police officers arrested me at my home at 4:21 PM and brought me before District Magistrate Carmen Prestia at 4:35 PM. He rescheduled my preliminary hearing for 1:00 PM on March 25, 1998, and released me on my own recognizance.

We will continue our Smoke Outs and make our case in the streets. I ask that no-one under 18 years old smoke marijuana. We appreciate your support, but if minors smoke, it will hurt our cause. If arrested, give only your name and address. Go limp and make the officers carry you away from the demonstration. Plead not guilty and ask for a speedy, jury trial.

If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

Your assignment for this week was to read the Declaration of Independence. I would like to quote a few lines from that document.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

None of the branches of our present government will protect our rights. My friends, the time has come for revolution. We are fortunate that this country has a political party to lead this revolution. That party is the Libertarian Party, the Party of Freedom.

Today we have with us the leader of that Party in Pennsylvania. Sitting next to me is Ken Krawchuk, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania. Ken believes in freedom and the Bill of Rights. With your help, he will be the next Governor of Pennsylvania. He has promised to commute the prison sentences of all those convicted of non-violent drug offenses. He is here today to bear witness with us. It is my pleasure and honor to welcome the next Governor of Pennsylvania, Ken Krawchuk.