Louisiana Gives Man Life in Prison for Marijuana

Cornell Hood II was sentenced to life in prison, reports the Times Picayune. Doesn’t seem like such a big deal except for his unfortunately clairvoyant surname? Well, he was sentenced to life in prison for dealing marijuana. A local junior in a Shreveport, LA high school who deals pot to his classmates is hiding out in his room right now. He told his friends his parents grounded him. OK, it’s not that simple, but read on to find out more.

Obviously it was the habitual offender statute that got Hood

On Thursday in his Covington courtroom, State Judge Raymond S. Childress was able to sentence Hood to life in prison under Louisiana’s repeat-offender law. Court records reveal that on a jury in February, Hood was found guilty of possessing and distributing marijuana from his home in Slidell…

Hood’s trial only lasted one day. The evidence presented against him consisted of a digital scale and about a dozen bags containing marijuana, along with $1,600 in cash and a student-loan application with Hood’s name on it.

Like the 3 strike rule popularized in California, but actually started with Texas in 1973, the habitual offender statute was “was intended to impact chronic criminal behavior, not to increase punishment for an act of negligence or poor judgment.”

As such, poorly named guys like Cornell Hood II get life sentences for slinging a little marijuana. True, he is a drug dealer and was dumb enough to keep tons of weed, a scale, cash, and other key indicators of dealing lying around his new home when his parole officer could swing by at any time.  But life in prison for stupidity? Me thinks not, or else a lot of people in Hollywood would still be behind bars.

[Long Island Press; Times Picayune;  pic via southern studies]

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Author: Tyrel

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