Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Trentonian TV Production Notes: NJWeedman speaks before trial

UPDATE AT 4 P.M. -- NJWeedman called to say that the jury got the case about 2:30 and that the judge gave the 7 women and 5 men (plus 2 alternates) till 4 today. They didn't render their verdict in the 2 counts and will return Wednesday to deliberate. Weedman said he felt his closing argument of 15 minutes won the jury over, and during closing he showed big cajones by telling them to "give me all or nothing" on Count 1: possession with the intent to distribute. It's the only count he gives a crap about, he said, because it's the one that carries a 5-year prison sentence, mandatory. Count 2 is possession. "I don't think the state proved its case as far as the distribution," he said from outside the Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly. He said that expert witness Dr. Steven  Fenichell told the jury he treated NJWeedman 12 years ago and that his cancerous bone tumors provide a valid reason for him to use medical marijuana. More to come.

TRENTON -- Robert Forchion stopped by the Trentonian TV studio hours before what is expected to be the final day of his trial in which he's representing himself against charges of pot possession. Forchion is known as NJWeedman, and he said he has cancer and that the pound of pot cops found in the back of his car during a stop on April 1, 2010, was meant for medicinal purposes. Today, NJWeedman presents the jury of 7 women and 5 men (racially it's 11 whites and 1 black) his closing arguments. He has not been allowed to use the term "jury nullification" during his defense arguments. He believes Jersey's drug laws are flawed and that he is not guilty. For more on the story click HERE.

Here is the 30-minute interview that took place at 7:30 this morning: