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John's Appeal

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Parent Issue
Day
25
Month
June
Year
1971
Copyright
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The struggle to f ree John Sinclair from his heinous prison sentence cf 9 12 to 10 years for possession of two joints of marijuana reaches a new level in the next two #eeks as plans are completed for moving the appeal af John's conviction to the Michigan Supreme Court. THE APPEAL Central to John's appeal is the contention that the laws against marijuana and the prescribed penalties are ly vlolative of the letter and spirit of the U. S. Constitution. This is comraon sense to anyone familiar with the document who has ever smoked a joint. The appeal also seeks to correct several glaring "irregularitles" in the trial with which John was convicted, among them the callous use af evidence which had been, by the trial judge's own ruling, obtained illegally by the Detroit snake force and was theref ore legally inadmissable as evidence. APPEAL BOND Reapplication for bond pending appeal will be made when the appeal is filed (the exact date has not yet been determined). Briefs to be argued in this connection demónstrate that the state has no goddam legal right to deny appeal bond to a man whose "crime" was obviously not aggressively atrocious and whose appeal raises substantial questions with regard to the constitutionality of the laws and to the trial itself . YOU Chuck Ravitz, Buck Davis, and plenty other revolutionary lawyers and law students are about to back the Michigan Supreme Court politely against the wall, saying, in over one hundred pages of briefs, "Free John Nowl" I you dig what they're saying, take the time to write to the governor, the symbol of state power in Michigan, and add to the pressure to secure John's release, ff you don't, don't. Free all marijuana prisoners! Free John Now !