Saturday, May 21, 2011

Woman Sells $30 Worth of Weed Gets 12 Years!

Patricia Spottedcrow in prison waits on line
According to a story at REASON, an Oklahoma woman's "lack of remorse" over selling $30 worth of weed has netted her a 12 year prison sentence.  That's right folks, $30.XX, not $30 million,'s the from Mike Riggs via KFOR-TV story:

"In January 2010, Dee Starr and her grown children William Lamebull and Patricia Spottedcrow were arrested in an early morning raid after selling $31 worth of marijuana to undercover police. According to Oklahoma City's KFOR-TV, it was their first felony arrests. Each was held on $100,000 bond. Each pled guilty. Here's what that got them:
William Lamebull faced the least serious charge, possession of marijuana around children.
He pleaded guilty and got two years probation, no jail time.
Dee Starr, who was facing more serious charges, two felony counts for dealing drugs and for having drugs in front of children, got 30 years probation, again no jail time.
Patricia Spottedcrow pleaded guilty to her crimes as well.
She faced the very same two felony charges as her mother, Dee Starr.
However, Spottedcrow got a 12 year prison sentence, no probation.
She was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for selling two baggies of marajuana worth about $30.
According to KFOR-TV, [Kingfisher County Associate District] Judge Susie Pritchett (pic), who retired a few months after ruining Spottedcrow's life, said the 'sentence fit the crime' because 'Ms. Spottedcrow showed no signs of remorse, nor did she seem to even care about what she was doing to her children.'  Incidentally, Judge Pritchett does not ruin every drug offender's life. She once heard the case of a police officer's wife who was caught hiding marijuana in her panties. The woman 'was asked to apologize to the judge and never served a day in jail,' a decision Pritchett defended, arguing, 'I treat drug users differently than I treated those who pushed drugs, especially when they sold in front of children.'

Mark Clayborne, Spottedcrow's attorney, did not 'challenge' his client's pre-sentence investigation report, which Spottedcrow says is rife with inaccuracies. Six months later, Clayborne was convicted of perjury in a different case. Spottedcrow now has a new attorney who will ask for a sentence modification next year. Until then
Patricia Spottedcrow's mother is now raising Patricia's four children.
They don't have the money to visit her in prison.
One-year-old Ja'zalynn doesn't recognize her mom anymore.
According to KFOR-TV, which deserves much praise for reporting this out, Oklahoma incarcerates more women than any other state in the union."
I've never been a fan of organics for any reason, not out of moral outrage or anything like that...I guess alcohol did what I needed to be done and committing even a minor crime to have some sort of "high" on weed made zero sense to me.  But come on folks, marijuana prosecutions in this day and age absent some sort of other underlying crime makes utterly no sense to me.  What a waste of limited resources, 

But this story resonates for another reason.  This is a fine example of an intemperate judge caught playing favorites to punish someone who pissed her off. 

Maybe the Governor of Oklahoma has brains enough to right an incredibly stupid judicial wrong and commute this poor kid's sentence.


  1. On the other hand, look what marijuana did to the priests.

  2. Maybe the Governor of Oklahoma has brains enough to right an incredibly stupid judicial wrong and commute this poor kid's sentence.


  3. Yeah, Anon, not likely. As it turns out it was one of the few good things you could say about Arnold.

  4. Okiedoke--

    Check the Tony Auth editorial cartoon on the subject, if you can find it online. Appropos.

  5. i live in new jersey a sex offender got 6 years for molesting 36 seperate teen boys this case is nuts get that poor girl out of jail 30 years it costs the state a bunch of money to house someone in jail and isnt jail surposse to be reform people get together and help this women go to new york tv ststions and washington get this story out there

  6. this judge has destroyed this womens life the judges in the united states have used and abused there power enough this is a prime case who is watching the judges who do they answer to this is injustice we will al be watching this movie someday on tv but the price this women will have to pay in jail you can never undue lets start puting judges in jail and see how fair they become then attorneys are you out there become fame and take this case to the surpreme court federal court call some hollywood director what a shame that judges mistake there posistion as god un touchable

  7. That fat troglodyte of a bitter human being (the judge) deserves the death penalty for enforcing this incredible injustice. For Christ sake it's pot come on. Another case of closed minded Midwest backwoods atrocities. I hope that former judge takes a long hard look in the mirror and never sleeps peacefully again. I can't believe this is even possible in the u.s. Absolutely absurd. Another example of the prison system doing far more damage than good. Should've fined her and sent her home. The punishment simply Doesn't fit the crime. Another fat white person oppressing a native American, as if her ancestors didn't suffer enough at the hands of this obese bitches ancestors.

  8. Woah, I wonder what state this was all in. It looks like she need to get a better marijuana attorney in Utah to help her get out of this little predicament. I can't believe she got in so much for selling that little of a drug that is legal in some states!