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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 11:33 pm, Thu Jun 12, 2014.

WASHINGTON — Former Santa Fe resident Adam Kokesh, a liberterian activist who was convicted of drug and gun charges Thursday in a Fairfax County, Va., court, did not contest the allegations, but he called the raid that led to his arrest “political persecution.”

Kokesh, 32, entered an Alford plea in Circuit Court to two felonies related to his possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms while possessing a gun. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to obtain a conviction.

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14 comments:

  • Tamara Lichtenstein posted at 10:33 am on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    Tamara Posts: 9

    All right, profile updated.
    Civil disobedience: one engages in it to test enforcement of laws in cases where the laws themselves may be considered to contradict protection of civil rights; where enforcement is carried out selectively, to chill public expression; or enforcement and punishment are beyond proportion to the behavior--or some combination these things. There is a risk of arrest in performing acts of civil disobedience at the time of the event, but the goal, whether one is arrested or not, is to publicize unjust or selectively enforced laws. In Adam Kokesh's case (according to the New Mexican story, which is all I have to go by) he was arrested for possession of items found in a government raid at his house. The sentence he faces and the fact that his roommates were not charged support his claim of selective punishment.

     
  • Tamara Lichtenstein posted at 10:07 am on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    Tamara Posts: 9

    Hmmm…haven't tried to hide my name, haven't used profanity or libel, but my comment's gone.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 8:57 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 569

    Tamara,

    First of all, use your real and complete name or the SF New Mexican will remove your comments, however sensible or insane they may be.

    Secondly, the laws of our country--at any level of government--do not necessarily make sense, but one thing is certain: none are on the "cafeteria plan." Unless you are one of the Supremes, mere mortals cannot compare one to another nor pick and choose which one to obey and which one not to obey.

    We are not living in Oz, just the US.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 8:45 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 569

    [thumbup]

     
  • Mary Withers posted at 8:10 pm on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Judith Priest Posts: 3

    Semper Attentionwhorius ....

     
  • Mary Withers posted at 8:09 pm on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Judith Priest Posts: 3

    Exactly!

    You don't scream, "PLEASE BUST ME!!! PLEASE BUST ME!!!" and then act surprised when they do.

     
  • Mary Withers posted at 8:08 pm on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Judith Priest Posts: 3

    No, Tamara, "Civil Disobedience", like, for instance, displaying your love of freedom by making a video of yourself violating Federal Law, is undertaken SO YOU CAN *GET* ARRESTED AND BECOME A CAUSE CELEBRE!

    It is NOT something you should do and just hope the government lets you get away with.

    Dumb.
    Kokesh is dumb. He has real good taste in recreational substances, but like so MANY filthy rich boys who think they are Libertarians, he's overdone it a bit.

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 1:00 pm on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 906

    I agree that our drug laws are insane, and I am not a fan of DC's oppressive gun laws either. But Mr. Kokesh seems to have ignored these realities and set himself up for big trouble. Now he is playing the martyr. Sheesh.

    Perhaps racking a shotgun in a DC park while advocating the overthrow of the government by any means necessary got him on someone's watch list. Ya think?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 11:45 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2840

    Just 'cause he's paranoid it doesn't mean they're not out to get him.

     
  • Cynthia Martinez posted at 10:34 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    tigerlily Posts: 33

    Agree with Tamara 100%.

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 9:31 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 906

    [thumbup]

     
  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 8:59 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 594

    The whole family seems a bit nutzoid.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:30 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2840

    The line between heartfelt patriot who makes bad decisions and attention seeking wacko is sometimes a little blurry.

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 6:26 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 906

    This guy confuses Semper Fidelis with Semper Ridiculous.

     

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