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Monday, May 19, 2014

A 19-year-old Texas man accused of making and selling marijuana brownies is facing up to life in prison if convicted. Officials in Round Rock have charged Jacob Lavoro with a first-degree felony -- using the fact the brownies contained hash oil to base the charge on their weight. "I've been doing this 22 years as a lawyer and I've got 10 years as a police officer and I've never seen anything like this before," said his attorney Jack Holmes. "They've weighed baked goods in this case. It ought to be a misdemeanor."

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I understand Joe. You are living in the wrong state.

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Like many familiar with the case, Joe does not understand why his son is in so much legal trouble.

Posted by coyote at 03:12 PM | 0 COMMENTS

Because he mindlessly did this in Williamson County?

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2014-05-19 04:13 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Coyote, the headline should read "for SELLING pot brownies" which makes him a drug dealer, Mr Lavoro won't get any sympathy from me, he is an adult who chose to live in the -------- Texas, he could have moved to a more civilized state were he would be looking at a very small fine and definitely no jail time. The Government in Texas must be flush with extra cash if they want to pay for this kids possible 70 years in jail
(19 + 70) = 89

#2 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-19 04:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Headline could of also said "Enterprising teenager creates a demand and makes money".

Also thought of "Future doctor is shut down".

#3 | Posted by coyote at 2014-05-19 04:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

I don't see the reason for a felony for a victimless crime.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2014-05-19 08:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Maintaining the drug war is sooooooooo worth the significant risk of transforming this nonviolent criminal into a violent one.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-05-19 08:20 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

So if you keep a baggie of weed in your car to find out how much weed it is they weight the car?

Makes perfect sense, Texas.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-19 10:05 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Didn't goatskin just eat one and freak out?

Coincidence?

We report.

You decide.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-05-19 10:38 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Thank you COYOTE for going with a neutral title.

The facts alone should make peoples hearts going out to this victim of a undue sentence.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-19 10:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

Must not have been the Alice B. Toklas recipe as after 40 years that one would have been gran'mothered' in.

#9 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-05-19 11:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

A modest proposal: Get 10,000 pot heads together in Austin with one toke over the line and demand to be arrested. I imagine that would not be too much trouble, in a city of a million plus. Civil disobedience is the true way to change things. As it is, the cannabis laws are a racket. I know it might be costly and hard, but justice always is. If there is one place that this could happen, it would be Texas. Despite the sneers and denigration of my fair state, the one thing Texans have in spades is courage. We really do not give a copper's damn what any one thinks. We have fought long odds before.

#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-05-20 12:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

Texas.

What else do you need to know?

All their swagger about freedom doesn't mean a thing. The only freedom they want you to have is the freedom to live exactly how they say you should.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-20 01:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

Despite the sneers and denigration of my fair state, the one thing Texans have in spades is courage. We really do not give a copper's damn what any one thinks. We have fought long odds before.

#10 | Posted by docnjo

The only thing texans have in spades is an overblown macho self image that prevents them from using the full capacity of the human brain.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-20 01:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

Speaksoftly -At least we aren't limp wrested metro-sexual frauds who stand for nothing.

#13 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-05-20 03:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

Speaksoftly -At least we aren't limp wrested metro-sexual frauds who stand for nothing.
#13 | Posted by docnjo

I'd rather stand for nothing than stand for the amount of pot in pot brownies warrants life in prison.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-20 03:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

A modest proposal: Get 10,000 pot heads together in Austin with one toke over the line and demand to be arrested. I imagine that would not be too much trouble, in a city of a million plus. Civil disobedience is the true way to change things. As it is, the cannabis laws are a racket. I know it might be costly and hard, but justice always is. If there is one place that this could happen, it would be Texas. Despite the sneers and denigration of my fair state, the one thing Texans have in spades is courage. We really do not give a copper's damn what any one thinks. We have fought long odds before.
#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-05-20 12:48 AM

Welcome to Occupy! Here's your orientation pamphlet and complimentary anti-pepper-spray goggles. The homeless camp is to the left, the anarchists are setting fire to a police cruiser at 8pm right after the 100 yard pajama dash from authority race. Guy Fieri and Beyonce are serving appletinis and cupcakes on behalf of Grey Goose and the Food Network - Wednesday's largest corporate sponsors. Naturally your rectum will be immediately tattooed with a standard tracking device and mind control implant courtesy the NSA and President Obama himself!

And speaking of spades with courage, RuPaul is at the Pot-ateria about to lip-synch to her new liberal hippy socialist dance anthem "Kumbyaaaaa my Lorrrrrr.... Kumbyaaaa.. (You better twerk!)" Here, buddy - use my segway to get there more efficiently. My boyfriend will carry me to a nearby settee for opium and free range rice krispie treats whist we needlepoint cat cozies. Adieu, fellow Obamabot.

#15 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-20 03:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Despite the sneers and denigration of my fair state, the one thing Texans have in spades is courage."

So courageous that you fear pot brownies so much you would lock up a young man for the rest of his life just to protect you from them. It is the opposite of courage that allows such injustice.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-20 07:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

why anyone would live in texas i have no idea
i have never heard ANYTHING good about texas
i wish they'd sucede

#17 | Posted by yougothurt at 2014-05-20 08:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

I wonder how much the brownies weighed. They gotta be charging him for at least 20X the amount of pot he actually used. I would hope the prosecutor is just being an idiot in this case and that this isn't the actual law because this is obviously stupid.

#18 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-20 09:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

"[TX:] So courageous that you fear pot brownies so much you would lock up a young man for the rest of his life just to protect you from them."

This would not have happened in Austin 20 miles south. Wmson County is notorious for being zero-tolerant & having a very unpleasant jail. These were "hash oil brownies" so surely one can see they were far more dangerous than plain pot ones.

10,000 organized stoners? good luck with that! interesting idea (or pipe dream as the case may be)

#19 | Posted by kenx at 2014-05-20 09:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

I wonder if the charges would have been increased had he used walnuts too.

#20 | Posted by sully at 2014-05-20 10:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

Translation: he irritated the drug dealers in the employee of the police who don't like competition.

#21 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-20 10:33 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

But... they were low-fat brownies!

Some people in the '70's in Texas got 10 year sentences for a joint.

#22 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-20 11:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

Makes perfect sense, Texas.
#6 | Posted by snoofy

Sad to say, but it does to the Rs that run the place. Remember that The Great State has lots of privately owned for profit prisons. And the owners all make bribes, I mean campaign contributions.

#23 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-05-20 11:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

Texas has some funny drug math.

Lets say you've got a 1 ounce of prometh. Because you want to sip the sizzurp, you mix it up in a 20 ounce bottle of Sprite.

Oops! Police got you! You're not going to be charged with 1 ounce of Prometh. You're going to be charged with 20 ounces of "lean". Welcome to a major felony and decades behind bars.

#24 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-05-20 11:57 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Speaksoftly -At least we aren't limp wrested metro-sexual frauds who stand for nothing.

#13 | Posted by docnjo

I'd rather stand for nothing than stand for proud macho destructive ignorance.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-20 01:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

You can bet this kid isn't rich. Right next to this story on the Retort is a story about a rich guy in Washington State who just had his seventh DWI car crash after a high speed chase. He got probation. Different state sure, but the same thing has happened in Texas recently. The laws are different for rich people.

#26 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-05-20 01:26 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Texas: It's like a whole different country; in a whole different century!

#27 | Posted by squinch at 2014-05-20 02:36 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

They can CHARGE with whatever they want. It's a first appearance. The Prosecutors almost ALWAYS over-charge in order to settle for less. It scares defendants into plea deals.

Anyone familiar with the court room knows they'll never get that conviction for felony. The law doesn't allow weight to be calculated that way.

#28 | Posted by Sycophant at 2014-05-20 02:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

The fascist state of Texas marches onwards.

#29 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-05-20 02:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

They can CHARGE with whatever they want. It's a first appearance. The Prosecutors almost ALWAYS over-charge in order to settle for less. It scares defendants into plea deals.
Anyone familiar with the court room knows they'll never get that conviction for felony.

#28 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

DAs are afforded far too much power in this regard. It partially explains the conviction disparity between whites and nonwhites for drug charges.

#30 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-05-20 02:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

Speaksoftly -At least we aren't limp wrested metro-sexual frauds who stand for nothing.

#13 | Posted by docnjo

Yet you keep electing limp wristed metro-sexuals as Governor:

www.debbieschlussel.com

4.bp.blogspot.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=YSJv-2qfDNc

#31 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-05-20 03:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

The only freedom they want you to have is the freedom to live exactly how they say you should.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

Sounds like the Democrats.

#32 | Posted by Marty at 2014-05-20 03:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

#32

You should look up the words "fascist" and "socialist" and educate yourself on the political parties.

That way you won't come off as such an ignorant person.

#33 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-05-20 03:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

WHAT IN THE HELL IS WRONG WITH BEING LIMP WRISTED?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

#34 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-05-20 03:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

Texas: It's like a whole different country; in a whole different century!
#27 | POSTED BY SQUINCH

Unfortunately for the rest of America, Texas is ahead of its time.

#35 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-05-20 03:36 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"The fascist state of Texas marches onwards."

the fascisit county of Williamson, maybe?

good points about private prisons & fact the kid won't be convicted with 70 years.

re: limp wristed governor. i was on elevator at work and this young cop told me that his GF worked at the same daycare as Mrs Perry, who blabbed hubby was having an affair with a dude. When he could not get funding to remodel the gov's mansion, it is rumored he himself arranged to have it catch fire.

#36 | Posted by kenx at 2014-05-20 03:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

Perhaps we someone who feels strongly about it should start a change.org petition.

#37 | Posted by LEgregius at 2014-05-20 10:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

**** Two Words...JURY NULLIFICATION!!!

#38 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-05-21 02:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

I memba hearing stories about people being locked up for seeds and roaches...

hence, Texass.

#39 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2014-05-21 02:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

The sad part about this story is if the person would have been black or hispanic , this story would not even hit the media radar.
There wouldn't have been any deal and the poor soul would have probably been sentenced to 10 years in jail.
This guy fortuntely is only going to get a slap on the wrist and probably probation. He did send a month in jail which these days is pretty excessive for a marijuana offense but then it is texas.

#40 | Posted by Badcat at 2014-05-21 09:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

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