Bellefonte, PA

June 29, 1998

by Julian Heicklen


Smart on Crime & Centre County Libertarian Party

Hello! Thanks for coming out. I appreciate the strong support that I received during my stay in prison last week.

The case of Ken Keltner vs. State College Area School District has been settled. Ken was expelled from high school for smoking marijuana at the February 12 Marijuana Smoke Out in State College. The school suspended Ken for three days and required that he undergo drug rehabilitation as a condition for return. The drug rehabilitation condition was rescinded. Ken's official record has been changed to read that the smoking of marijuana was done as a political act of protest at a public demonstration not on school property. The School Board paid Ken $3 damages for the suspension.

Ken Keltner and Jenny Corbett's criminal case also has been settled. Charges have been dropped. No fines or court costs were assessed. Ken and Jenny accepted 30 days unsupervised probation.

Alan Gordon had several arrests. His cases have been settled. He pleaded no contest to one felony charge and one misdemeanor charge. He was sentenced to time served (14 days). No court costs or fines were assessed. Alan also agreed not to smoke or possess marijuana at a public demonstration.

Andrew Burke was arrested last Friday, June 26, 1998, for failure to appear for jury selection on June 8, 1998. He was released on $1000 bail on the same day. This was a false arrest. Andy has not had his pre-trial conference, which was rescheduled from May 25 to July 17. Therefore he could not choose a jury. When his pre-trail conference was postponed, the court failed to delete his name for jury selection on June 8, 1998.

My 4 arrests in State College were combined into one case over my objection. Currently, my pre-trial conference is scheduled for July 17 and jury selection for august 3. My preliminary hearing for last week's (June 22) arrest is scheduled for 9:00 AM on July 1, 1998.

On the 4th of July, I will address the annual Hemp Rally in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC opposite the White House. About 15,000 people attended this rally last year, so we expect a sizable crowd.

The 30-Hour Marijuana Smoke Out in State College will take place from July 9—12, less than two weeks from now. All arrangements have been made. We are ready to roll. We still need volunteers to man the tables for Smart on Crime, the Centre County Libertarian Party, NORML, and Svoboda Books. Please sign up with Carla Moquin if you can help. Also I am receiving requests for housing arrangements from out-of-town people. If any of you can take in a visitor or two during July 9—12, give your name to Carla Moquin.

The Bellefonte and State College Marijuana Smoke Outs will continue indefinitely on Mondays and Thursdays, respectively, until our freedom is reclaimed. I will not be smoking today, because it is more important that I address the Hemp Rally in Washington on Saturday than that I be arrested today. However anyone else 18 or more years old is free to do so.

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.

Fifteen people participated in the demonstration, which lasted an hour. The police did not appear. No-one smoked marijuana.