The case involved false allegations by Sheriff DAVID SHOAR that the couple were operating an "industrial grow house" producing enough marijuana to "get an entire middle school high for an entire summer." SHOAR's henchmen weighed the dirt and claimed there was 40 pounds of pot. They pled to possession with intent to distribute 20 grams or more (less than an ounce), a felony and to one misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia.
Judge Traynor ordered and the State's Attorney agreed that the Yandells have a right to use medical marijuana outside Florida and the State of Oregon has already accepted their probation.
The couple have prescriptions for medical marijuana. The lawyers who sold the Yandells the purported license they relied on continue doing so after the State investigated and the Florida Bar cleared them: Health Law Services and Florida Integrative Health and Ian Christiansen.
The State of Florida's flimsiest of cases was in flames, leading to today's plea agreement.
There is $15,000 investigation fee and $460 in court costs and an agreement to withdraw their public records requests to Sheriff DAVID SHOAR and State's Attorney RALPH JOSEPH LARIZZA.
Sheriff SHOAR's credibility is in shreds and his reputation as a pathological liar is reinforced.
LARIZZA obtains another bogus "conviction" statistic.
And "We, the People" see right through the tawdry Sheriff and tainted State's Attorney.
For more on what Sheriff SHOAR and State's Attorney LARIZZA have done to our community, read up and watch PBS video on the case of Michelle O'Connell, here:
Here are links to Mayor Nancy Shaver's letter, written after Mr. Bogdanich's article (before she was Mayor), and to the wealth of journalistic evidence on the Michelle O'Connell shooting:
PBS/Frontline, "A Death in St. Augustine (November 26, 2013):
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/death-in-st-augustine/ NBC News Dateline , "Two Shots Fired" (April 18, 2014):
Folio Weekly: Jeff Billman, "Somebody's lying -- An activist accuses the St. Augustine Record of bowing to pressure from Jeremy Banks' attorney. The paper accuses her of spreading misinformation" (September 17, 2014), http://folioweekly.com/SOMEBODYS-LYING-ST-AUGUSTINE-RECORD-ACTIVIST-JEREMY-BANKS,10912
Dr. Phil, "The Mystery of Michelle O'Connell" (November 3, 2014): http://www.drphil.com/shows/show/2298
Folio Weekly, "Murder, He Wrote," by Susan Cooper Eastman (November 19, 2014), http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2014/11/michelle-oconnell-shooting-read-folio.html
Folio Weekly, "The Proxy War," by Derek Kinner (March 4, 2015): http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2015/03/folio-weekly-deputy-jeremy-banks-and.html
New York Times, "Agent Cleared Over 2010 Florida Shooting Inquiry, but Lawyer Lashes Out," by Walt Bogdanich (August 27, 2015)
WJXT-4, "Deputy opens up on Michelle O’Connell shooting death,"
Photo credit: The New York Times