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Police charged GeoHot as if his THC chocolates were solid marijuana

Renowned hardware hacker and iDevice-jailbreaker extraordinaire George "GeoHot" Hotz, 22, has been arrested and booked for possessing marijuana.  

These days GeoHot is working at Facebook and is an active member of Facebook-sponsored "Chronic Dev Team", which works to "free your iPad and iPhone".   Travelling from home in Cali, GeoHot was cruising into Texas in the western-border town and census site of Sierra Blanca on his way to speak at the renowned entertainment and digital lifestyle festival South by Southwest, which is held every year in Austin, a city in central-Texas.

While the hot question on everyone's mind may be whether the famed hacker was "hot boxing", we may never know.

What is known is that the town's police, expecting the rush of festival participants driving in from California were screening all cars with drug sniffing dogs.  The dogs apparently became extra excited at GeoHot's car, and sure enough he had some of "the chronic" in his car -- enough to reportedly earn him a felony possession charge.

Taken downtown, he was booked at the station (likely he did not get the opportunity to test his IRL jailbreaking skills), and then released on $1,500 USD bond.

But GeoHot might be in good shape -- apparently the officer goofed.  He had approximately 1/4 oz. of marijuana and chocolate edibles equivalent to less than 1/8 oz.  However, the officers weighed the chocolate as if it was pure marijuana, hence how he received the felony possession.  This led the officers to then estimate the value of GeoHot's "special" chunky chocolate truffle at $800 USD, rather than the $15 USD he reportedly paid for it.

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As a reader pointed out, nonsensical as it may be, this is actually how the Texas penal code works -- anything with a drug in it, is counted as a drug when waying for determination of a felony.  GeoHot is only fortunate he didn't have a couple more chocolates or he might be looking at a 3rd degree felony and some serious prison time. (The threshold for a 3rd degree felony is 1 oz.)

The whole incident casts in a whole new light GeoHot's surprisingly funny and solid "rap retort" to Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758lawsuit against him for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3:


America is a rather funny nation where both of its last two presidents openly admitted to smoking marijuana, yet it remains an imprisonable felony in many regions to possess the potent plant.  While peer-reviewed studies published in medicine's most prestigious journals found marijuana to be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, it remains illegal in America.  In fact marijuana has been found to have mild beneficial effects.

Source: Above the Law



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RE: One does wonder...
By chromal on 3/15/2012 4:58:09 PM , Rating: 2
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Um... perhaps because they were patrolling for an event based on breaking current laws?


Uh.. what? So, are you saying that South by Southwest is an event based on breaking laws? Last time I checked, music is not illegal, not even in Texas.

Further more, where this stop occurred, Sierra Blanca, is 488 miles away from Austin, where South by Southwest occurs. How it is even remotely reasonable for them to be patrolling (fishing really) for people going to see music 488 miles away. That's an absolutely asinine assertion you're making.


RE: One does wonder...
By Quadrillity on 3/15/2012 10:16:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
What is known is that the town's police, expecting the rush of festival participants driving in from California were screening all cars with drug sniffing dogs.


I read this part a little too fast and assumed that it was a obvious pro-weed event, sorry.

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How it is even remotely reasonable for them to be patrolling (fishing really) for people going to see music 488 miles away. That's an absolutely asinine assertion you're making.

No, what is absolutely absurd is the idea that you somehow think people who break the law are somehow in the right, and the cops who enforce the current laws are in the wrong. There was no illegal search in this situation. As I said earlier, I am a hardcore conservative (mainly in the sense that I see the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land, and that it was created to restrict the government from taking control of the citizens). Having said that, I am probably just as anti-police state as you are. I understand that the branches of gov. need to know their boundaries, but in this case no right or freedom was violated. He broke the law, got caught, and will pay the price for it. It's called actions and consequences; something that is pretty much lost on this society.


RE: One does wonder...
By chromal on 3/15/2012 11:16:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'm protesting the execution of law as being unconstitutional, not Texas's right to regulate illegal substances as they see fit. They just need to it without the extralegal crap. Because this is America, we supposedly have rights.


RE: One does wonder...
By Quadrillity on 3/15/2012 11:23:56 PM , Rating: 2
That made no sense, I have no idea what you are even trying to say. Are you saying we shouldn't enforce laws?


RE: One does wonder...
By chromal on 3/16/2012 12:02:12 AM , Rating: 2
I'm saying there's a concept called Due Process, and it's paramount in the administration of justice. What I don't comprehend is why I find myself having to explain this, I would hope you already know what I'm saying.


RE: One does wonder...
By Quadrillity on 3/16/2012 8:09:35 AM , Rating: 2
I am certainly not a law scholar, but I think you are further from it than me. There was no breach of due process. He was caught transporting a felonious amount of a controlled substance, and now he will be tried (and probably found guilty) in a court of law. Please outline where his constitutional rights were violated.

Should we just throw out drug laws just because you like weed?


RE: One does wonder...
By chromal on 3/16/2012 8:26:46 PM , Rating: 2
Are you even reading this comments? His rights were violated when he was stopped and subjected to an unreasonable search without probable cause by a K9 unit.

Also, from what has been reported, he was carrying a single 'dose' (if you will) of pot cooked into a confection, and is being charged based on the weight of the confection, not any unlawful substance it may contain. That does not merit a felony charge any any SANE societal sense. Of course, we're talking Texas, not sane.


RE: One does wonder...
By Iketh on 3/17/2012 4:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
May your kids get hooked on drugs imported from Mexico through Texas... you hypocrite.


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