Court Support Request for Chang, Pilotte and Co-Defendants


WHAT: Chang, Pilotte and Co-Defendants – Motion to Challenge Legality of Wire Tap WHEN: Monday September 10, 2012 at 2:00PM WHERE: Dept. 5, on the 3rd Flr. of the San Diego Federal Courthouse, 940 Front St. at Broadway, San Diego, CA, 92101

On September 10 th , 2012, Ronnie Chang, Hal Pilotte and co-defendants: James Brand, Gary Maddox, Peter Suhan and Amanda Ventura ( all allegedly connected to Club One Collective/ Extreme Holistic Care) will be in court with their attorneys Michael McCabe, Paul Turner, Knut Johnson, James Dicks and Mark Bluemel, this time to argue motions challenging the legality of the wire tap used in this case.

McCabe, of the successful state court medical cannabis cases: Davidovich (who was acquitted of all charges) and Padilla (who was exonerated when the Honorable Laura Parsky dismissed all charges in the interest of justice), wrote and will argue the motion to suppress the evidence obtained from the wire tap.

Ronnie, Hal and co-defendants were victims of the 9/9/09 raids on cannabis collectives in San Diego County. A widespread and brutal attack on legal cannabis patients, the raids were part of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ senseless destruction of the public safety collectives provide the community.

Ronnie, a legal medical cannabis patient and the sole defendant in the case to remain in custody, was also in court Tuesday, August 21, 2012 with his attorney, Michael J. McCabe and a room full of patient advocates, to provide the court an update that collateral for his bond was not met, cutting off possibility of a pre-trail release for Ronnie.

Ronnie had been arrested following the raid of Club One Collective/Extreme Holistic Care in San Marcos but was able to post bail as were all five defendants in the case. Subsequently, Ronnie’s bond was pulled due to an audit of the bond company which uncovered the unsecured nature of his bond. In June, the bondsman was forced to take Ronnie into custody because of the unsecured bond. The U.S. prosecution, Paul Starita, denied knowledge of the audit but continues to pressure for a plea.

It is unclear why Ronnie, Hal and their co-defendants have been charged in federal court when this is a state’s issue.

Another victim of the 9/9/09 raids, James Stacy, was also charged in federal court last year. The threat of jury nullification secured a “no-prison” plea bargain and James is now off probation and back to work.

One wonders how much public money is spent on these cases that end in prosecutorial fear that a conviction will not be met due to jury nullification – a right of jurors to exonerate victims of unjust laws.

Like James Stacy’s prosecutor learned, it will be a challenge to seat a jury of 12 who believe people belong in jail for using and providing sick people a safe alternative to life destroying pharmaceuticals.

The September 10 th hearing is paramount to the case. If there ever was a time to be present and represent the voice of patients who are dismayed over the brutality of the federal government on the issue of safe legal access to medical cannabis, this will be the day.

Please consider attending this important hearing.

A note from Hal and Ann Pilotte: As most of you know I (Hal) am facing some serious Federal charges fabricated by the United States Assistant District Attorney Paul Starita and the DEA, over what I was doing as a volunteer at a State Legal Medical Marijuana Collective.

On September 10th at 2:00 PM in the Federal Court Building on the corner of Front Street and Broadway in San Diego, on the third floor with Judge Anello presiding, the first motions hearings are going to be held regarding the misleading statements of DEA agents and Sheriffs as to what a State Legal Medical Marijuana Collective is in order to get a Magistrate to issue warrants for wire tap and search and seizure, along with many other misleading statements and many omissions of facts which lead to my arrest and the arrest of others in this case. In other words, The FED’s and Cops mislead the Judge who issued the warrant and our Attorney Michael McCabe has filled a motion to suppress the warrants and evidence obtained by them in which these officials lied to the Judge in order to obtain.

I am asking all of my family and friends to please come and support me on this important day in court. If at all possible, and if time permits, your presence in the courtroom will make a clear statement to the misleading and corrupt prosecuting team. In addition, I would love for my friends to really hear the truth about this case and see the injustice first hand.

For those of you in the North County who can make it to the hearing, Colleen McCall has information on Coaster times for those who would like to go down with the group who are attending the hearing. It’s a good idea to be there by 1:15 PM in order to get in the court in time. Colleen’s phone number is (760) 295-9399. Thank you all for your support! All of Our Love, Hal and Ann Pilotte

See you there! Terrie Best, San Diego ASA Court Support Coordinator –

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“When you’re a lawman & you’re dealing with people, it’s best not to go by the book, but to go by the heart.” ~ Sheriff Andy Taylor, Mayberry, NC

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