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Roger Christie Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Marijuana

I just got a tweet from @FreeRevChristie and it was in regards to the post that I posted the other day announcing that Roger Christie would be pleading guilty to distribution of marijuana charges today.

The tweet was short and simple and just said… “Happening”.

Roger Christie Guilty TweetI’m not sure when or if the judge has sentenced him yet.

UPDATE:

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…Christie plead guilty to one county of marijuana trafficking and two counts of failure to pay income taxes in 2008 and 2009.

Christie’s conditional plea agreement will still allow him to appeal pretrial rulings to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Those rulings include the denial of his bid to dismiss the marijuana charges under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

His lawyer Thomas Otake said this week Christie will likely be sentenced to a five-year prison term. But Christie will have to serve only about six more months because he will be credited for the time he spent behind bars awaiting trial and because of the way federal authorities calculate prison sentences, Otake said…

More here: Big Island Marijuana Advocate Roger Christie Enters Guilty Plea

Roger Christie to Plead Guilty to Distribution of Marijuana on Friday

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Roger Christie in front of the former THC Ministry

“…Roger Christie promoted the religious use of marijuana for years at The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry in Hilo.  He was arrested in July 2010 and his operation was shut down.  He has been in custody for more than three years.

Christie’s attorney says his client will enter a guilty plea to distribution of marijuana because he was factually doing that.  However, Christie strongly believes his actions were protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

In the plea agreement, Christie reserves the right to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals…”

 

Governor Abercrombie’s Statement on Same Sex Marriage Rulings by U.S. Supreme Court

Gov. Neil Abercrombie strongly supports the decision by the United States Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, which will now afford full federal rights to all couples married in states that allow same sex marriage.

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Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“In Hawaii, we believe in fairness, justice and human equality, and that everyone is entitled to the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else, including the ability to get married. So I am pleased that the Supreme Court, in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case, did not overturn the federal district court’s ruling striking down Proposition 8 – which attempted to bar same sex marriage in California – thereby effectively allowing same sex couples in California to be married.

“Although the Supreme Court did not directly require that same sex couples in other states be allowed to marry, I am encouraged by the fact that language in the Windsor ruling supports my position in the Hawaii lawsuit, which is currently pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In that lawsuit, I argue the Constitution’s equal protection clause requires same sex marriage in all states, including Hawaii.

“I believe my position to support a constitutional right to same sex marriage in Hawaii and elsewhere was given a substantial boost by today’s Supreme Court rulings. I will continue to work to assure justice and equality for all.”