Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A letter to the San Diego DA from a concerned citizen

I was recently contacted by a concerned citizen who told me he had sent a letter to the DA. He shared the contents of the letter with me and allowed me to post it here:

By: Gabriel W.
Escondido, CA

Dear Honorable Prosecutors Dumanis and Pham,

I am writing to you because I would like to express my extreme disapproval of your current prosecution of Eugene Davidovich. My grandfather was a chief of police, I come from a family of police officers and I can tell you that the primary job of Law Enforcement is to assess and prevent dangers to the community that pose an immediate threat. If a police officer saw a child being abused and at the same time someone smoking or dealing marijuana, it is his duty to prioritize the violent dangerous offense and neutralize it. I am a victim of child abuse and this prosecution is a complete waste of resources and time and money which should be spent prosecuting and hunting down child molesters, rapists, murderers and other violent criminal offenders. Mr. Davidovich, a decorated military veteran, does not pose an immediate or dangerous threat to the community or society. Child molestation and abuse is on the rise because criminals do not fear punishment. There are approximately 100,000 cannabis offenders in our prison system. So please explain to me why the federal, state and city governments are letting out child molesters, violent criminal offenders and rapists in order to make room for non-violent users of medicinal marijuana? This is an affront to justice and unconstitutional.. Your responsibility is to protect the citizens from violent offenders who pose an immediate and dangerous threat to the community. This is an unjust prosecution and I urge you to drop this case. As a victim of child abuse I am angered by this and feel you hold personal responsibility for any future children who were abused or killed or molested by the animals let out of prison in order to make room for nonviolent cannabis smokers. An unjust law is no law at all. Think of all the children who died in this state because of the time and resources wasted prosecuting nonviolent cannabis offenders, I plead with you in the name of justice and all that is right to stop this unjust prosecution and instead prosecute child molesters, child abusers, rapists, murderers, violent criminal offenders and others who pose an immediate and dangerous threat to the community.

Further, this prosecution is an affront to democracy and a blatant violation of it. Democracy means government that rests upon the consent of the people. The people of this state and of this country overwhelmingly support the decriminalization of medical cannabis. For the government to continually violate the will of the people is unconstitutional. Again, I respectfully urge you to do the morally right thing and drop this prosecution.
Additionally, The state should not say "The People" versus Mr. Davidovich as this case is obviously not represented by the majority of the people, this prosecution is represented by the state and the state alone should take the moral responsibility, you do not represent the majority of the citizens you're claiming to represent and that is a fact.

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
Mohandas Gandhi

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
George Washington

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