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Benno family trial continues with new judge, no mistrial declared

Benno family trial continues with new judge, no mistrial declared

- KRCR ABC 7
In a turn of events since Monday, the Benno family marijuana and weapons trial was not declared a mistrial Tuesday morning. 
On Monday court officials believed that Judge Stephen Baker discovered some "undisclosed information" that forced him to recuse himself and that a mistrial would be declared. 
On Tuesday, Judge Baker did step down and assistant presiding Judge Dan Flynn stepped in, and no mistrial was declared. The proceedings will continue next...

Benno trial to carry on; mistrial averted

- Record Searchlight
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

- Record Searchlight
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

- Record Searchlight
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

- Record Searchlight
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...

Trenton cop threatened to pull out gun during argument with his wife: 9-1-1 CALL

Trenton cop threatened to pull out gun during argument with his wife: 9-1-1 CALL

- The Trentonian
A newly released recording contradicts an account of a Trenton police officer during a domestic dispute.
Randall Hanson, a 23-year veteran on the force, threatened to pull out his piece on his wife at his Hamilton home on Aug. 23, according to a 9-1-1 tape obtained by The Trentonian through litigation.
“There’s a cop here with his gun,” the caller tells the 9-1-1 dispatcher, classifying the situation as a confrontational argument. “It’s in the house and...

Benno and sons going to trial next week

Benno and sons going to trial next week

- Record Searchlight
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...

Judge to Decide Whether to Keep Motion Sealed in “Lil’ Shop” Dispensary Case

Judge to Decide Whether to Keep Motion Sealed in “Lil’ Shop” Dispensary Case

- The Davis Vanguard
Judge David Reed continued a hearing to a later date to decide whether a Pitchess motion should be kept under seal in the matter of Paul Fullerton and his wife Maricel, who are charged with multiple felony counts of possession of marijuana for sale stemming from a raid conducted on February 29, 2016.
Defense attorneys filed the Pitchess motion this past fall in order to obtain information about the arresting officers, who were from at least three different agencies.  In a November 30...

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...

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...

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