A high school senior in Juneau, Alaska, decided that the Olympic torch passing through his city in 2002 was a perfect time to whip out his "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner. It wasn't like he was at school, right? Well, the reference to marijuana use got him suspended anyway, for violating the school's policy against promoting illegal substances at a school-sanctioned event. Joseph Frederick sued, claiming his free speech rights were violated, dude. He managed to win a lower court ruling that his civil rights suit could proceed. Now the Supreme Court has stepped into the dispute, agreeing to hear an appeal by the Juneau School Board and principal Deborah Morse. Not wanting to get beat by a high school kid, the School Board has hired former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr to argue its case.
She really, really loves her bingo
A grandmother in Sierra Vista, Ariz., found with a trunkful of marijuana was convicted of drug running Thursday. It wasn't a drug habit, but a bingo habit that did her in, prosecutors said. State troopers found 10 bundles of pot totaling 214 pounds hidden in Leticia Villareal Garcia's car trunk last year when they stopped her in far southeastern Arizona. Villareal, 61, told jurors before they convicted her that her only regular income was a $275 monthly welfare check, but she frequently played bingo and occasionally won thousands. Prosecutor Doyle Johnstun said, "the underlying issue is that she's got a bingo problem, which explains why an otherwise nice person might get sucked into something like this." She faces three to 12 years in state prison when she is sentenced Dec. 18.
Marijuana's now 9 tons more scarce
Authorities in Rio Grande City, Texas, found nearly 9 tons of marijuana hidden in two underground bunkers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday. Officers found the 17,564 pounds of pot valued at about $8-million Thursday, along with firearms, ICE said. As of Friday, no arrests had been made. The drugs appeared to be packaged for shipment throughout the United States.
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Jurors in a murder trial get ... giggly
Jurors in the trial of a man accused of killing an Indiana University student got "giggly" while sequestered at a hotel, records show - with men racing each other wearing high heels, food fights, football and Frisbee. The defense is not amused, but may not be able to do much about it. An Indianapolis judge denied a defense attorney's motion for a mistrial, and a legal expert said antics did not constitute misconduct. The judge appeared to share that view, saying jurors needed to "let off a little steam." They acknowledged food fights and painting some of the men's toenails.
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"Vice President Dick Cheney visited Saudi Arabia over the weekend. He's very popular in Saudi Arabia. Over there, he's known as Lawrence of Arrythmia."
David Letterman, on The Late Show