Judge Charles D. Sheldon Is Captain Kangaroo

Inside the biased, anti-medicinal marijuana courtroom of the Long Beach jurist

When Castano objected roughly half a dozen times to Margolin's closing speech on the same grounds, Sheldon repeatedly sustained her objections, referring to Margolin's arguments as "improper" and ruling they be stricken from the record. In fact, Sheldon had to ask the courtroom reporter to read back Margolin's statements each time Castano objected because he wasn't even listening to Margolin's speech. Typically, judges avoid this kind of intervention by simply reminding the jury that nothing the attorneys say during closing arguments should be considered as evidence, but Sheldon either forgot to say this or didn't see the point.

Speaking of forgetfulness, during more than a week of courtroom proceedings, Sheldon never admonished jurors to not speak about the case with one another or anyone else—an amazing oversight. Because of a gag rule Sheldon imposed on the lawyers in the case, Glew, Margolin and Castano are prohibited from speaking with reporters.

But speaking in the hallway shortly before the trial ended, Grumbine laughed nervously as he tried to make sense of the case. "It's a personal vendetta or something," he remarked. "Maybe it's just a dream, or we stepped into an alternate reality."

The jury began deliberating Dec. 20. If convicted, Byron and Grumbine face several years in state prison.

Check our Navel Gazing blog for updates on this case.

 

This article appeared in print as "Captain Kangaroo: Inside the biased, anti-medical-marijuana courtroom of Long Beach Judge Charles D. Sheldon."

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Stacey
Stacey

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Spawnofsodom
Spawnofsodom

Facts are facts. Joe Grumbine bragged that he never has any trouble selling marijuana, medical or otherwise, until he went 'legit.' California law PROHIBITS profits being made from sales, something Mr. Grumbine chose to either ignore or forget. As a matter of fact, Mr. Grumbine continues to see marijuana out of his home...I know this for a fact. I purchased some medicine from him on four different occasions. I doubt he's paying the required taxes on those sales, too.

Idea Man
Idea Man

Sounds like we need to recall this so-called judge immediately. Can O.C. Weekly take the lead on this effort? This guy reminds me of what I encountered in "Family Court."

Rory Murray
Rory Murray

I want to thank Nick for shedding light on this ridiculous miscarriage of "justice", which has cost California taxpayers over 2 Million. The half-dozen Bailiffs alone in Sheldon's Kangaroo Court had to have cost several thousands. Sheldon's a tired old man and deaf as a dog's ass. Should've recused himself. But can he excuse himself? And what trial was the JURY watching?

Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard

To the juror, you are not to blame. But you never heard the whole story.

Throughout this year long trial, that began with $250,00 bail (more than the county recommends for rapists, child molesters and kidnappers) intended to keep the Joe's in jail (who have no prior convictions for ANYTHING) and through the preliminary hearing that disallowed the defendant's ability to present ANY evidence, then through the 6 months of pr-trial hearings where the judge denied over 20 motions to allow a defense, to ultimately the judge denying a medical defense or ANY mention whatsoever of medical marijuana, and the judge then getting over turned in the appellate court before trial even began, the trial was a travesty. But the jury was never allowed to know ANY of that.

The ultimate piece of this is the defense requested dozens of items of seized evidence that were NEVER turned over to the defense. Their very existence was denied by the police. The defense lawyer Chris Glew even took the stand to say there were items of evidence the police lost or destroyed, that would have shown the reality of the numbers and accounting. Those numbers actually showed a net loss to the collective as opposed to an overwhelming profit. The collective was deeply in the red when they were raided. They were a new business. Their first grow hadn't even been completed, there was not even one harvest. So the profit numbers were totally bogus. But somehow those particular items, along with a written employee reprimand for on the job drinking made to the disgruntled employee that started this whole case out of malice, disappeared. Poof, like so many smoke clouds.

Not to mention the 5 cases of defense witness intimidation that the judge refused to do anything about.

Sorry, but the jury got it totally wrong and convicted 2 innocent, compassionate men. But the jury was duped and not allowed to hear the truth.

That's Long Beach Kangaroo Court, Sport!

Sam Surdi
Sam Surdi

What can you expect from a corrupt court system. After all the FEDS do claim ownership of this plant... US PATENT 6630507 - Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants ASSIGNEE - The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services

Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard

In case you haven't heard, the verdict came in yesterday. Both Byron and Grumbine were found guilty on all counts.

aynrandspenismighty
aynrandspenismighty

It sounds like Sheldon is the defense's dream come true. This will surely concluded in a conviction, immediate appeal and then overturned on the basis of his actions, attitude and complete disregard for his role as a jurist.

ZZardozz
ZZardozz

Judge Sheldon did little to hide the fact that he was actively assisting the prosecution. This must be overturned by appeal. They are railroading two very wonderful men, who help many people.

Jason D. Andrews
Jason D. Andrews

What a joke of a trial, these two men had no chance from the beginning!!

Rory Murray
Rory Murray

Please join us on January 11th, 2012.

 
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