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Benno and sons acquitted on all but two counts

Benno and sons acquitted on all but two counts

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A Shasta County jury acquitted medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons Wednesday on all but two felony counts during their trial in Shasta County Superior Court, one of the three defense attorneys involved in the case said.
A mistrial was declared on those two concentrated marijuana-related counts, paving the way for a possible retrial on both of them.
Jurors, who began their deliberations late Tuesday morning, announced early Wednesday afternoon they were...

Benno trial to carry on; mistrial averted

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A mistrial was averted in the Shasta County jury trial of medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons Tuesday after another Superior Court judge took over the case.
Superior Court Judge Dan Flynn assigned himself as the trial judge after Judge Stephen Baker disqualified himself from continuing to preside over the trial due to an apparent conflict.
In his written Friday order, Baker, who did not explain the reasons for his disqualification, said he would declare...

Benno trial hits roadblock; mistrial may be declared

Benno trial hits roadblock; mistrial may be declared

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A Shasta County Superior Court judge presiding over the criminal trial for outspoken medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons is expected to declare a mistrial Tuesday after issuing an order Friday afternoon disqualifying himself from the case.
In his order, Superior Court Judge Stephen Baker said he would declare the mistrial and the case would then he sent back to Superior Court Judge Dan Flynn for reassignment to another judge for re-trial.
His order caught the...

Ban on state aid to federal marijuana cops proposed

Ban on state aid to federal marijuana cops proposed

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Less than a week before the White House hinted at new operations targeting recreational marijuana Thursday afternoon, several California legislators have already submitted a bill to bar any state or local help to those operations.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's comments on Thursday that "greater enforcement" of federal marijuana laws against recreational marijuana with no elaboration shook the marijuana industry in California, which legalized recreational marijuana in...

Benno trial finally gets underway

Benno trial finally gets underway

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Nearly three years after their arrests on illegal marijuana cultivation and weapon charges, the criminal trial for outspoken medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons finally got underway Wednesday in Shasta County Superior Court.
During morning opening statements, Senior Deputy District Attorney Ben Hanna led jurors on a verbal tour of their three-bedroom home that was raided in May 2014, saying every room in the the Hopekay Lane house contained processed...

Benno and sons going to trial next week

Benno and sons going to trial next week

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After seven earlier postponements, medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons are set to begin standing trial next week in Shasta County Superior Court after two judges rejected defense requests Friday to once again delay it.
The 51-year-old Benno and his sons, Jacob, 25, and Logan, 22, are due to start their long-put off jury trial starting Tuesday in Superior Court Judge Stephen Baker's courtroom.
The trial, which is expected to take nine to 12 days, was...

Benno trio face trial over pot plantation protest

Benno trio face trial over pot plantation protest

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Three medical-marijuana activists, arrested in a 2014 raid at their 100-plant garden in Happy Valley, will face trial in February, a Shasta County Superior Court judge ruled Monday.
James Michael Benno will stand trial alongside his sons, Jacob Daniel and Logan Wayne Benno, on several charges related to marijuana grows and weapons after the raid on their medical pot garden, which they grew to protest Shasta County’s ban on outdoor grows, Judge Daniel Flynn ruled in response to a...

Benno trio face trial over pot plantation protest

Benno trio face trial over pot plantation protest

- Record Searchlight
Three medical-marijuana activists, arrested in a 2014 raid at their 100-plant garden in Happy Valley, will face trial in February, a Shasta County Superior Court judge ruled Monday.
James Michael Benno will stand trial alongside his sons, Jacob Daniel and Logan Wayne Benno, on several charges related to marijuana grows and weapons after the raid on their medical pot garden, which they grew to protest Shasta County’s ban on outdoor grows, Judge Daniel Flynn ruled in response to a...

Neighborhood watch captain rejects plea bargain offer

Neighborhood watch captain rejects plea bargain offer

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A Redding neighborhood-watch captain accused of pepper-spraying a neighbor rejected Monday a plea bargain offer that would have reduced the felony charge against him to a misdemeanor.
"If I was guilty of anything I would have taken it," Earl Allen Boek said outside Shasta County Superior Court following his settlement conference.
Boek, who had his scheduled Nov. 1 trial confirmed, is facing up to three years in county jail if he's convicted of illegal use of tear...

Wrapping up a long legal ordeal for marijuana dispensary

Wrapping up a long legal ordeal for marijuana dispensary

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A long saga through the criminal justice system is nearly over for two women who once operated the Planet Herb medical marijuana dispensary in Redding.
Among the last acts — getting back possessions seized in a July 2014 raid — took place this week.
Linda Silvey and Charree Richey, mother and daughter owners of Planet Herb in Redding, were the targets of a nine-month investigation by the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force. They were eventually found not guilty....

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