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Florida Judge Declares State’s Drug Law Unconstitutional

28th July 2011

Read it.

The law was challenged on the grounds that it does not include an intent requirement, meaning that a defendant can be convicted of a cocaine offense in Florida even if the defendant did not know he was selling cocaine. Or, as the judge put it in her ruling, in Florida, a “person is guilty of a drug offense if he delivers a controlled substance without regard to whether he does so purposefully, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently.”

Florida is the only state in the nation to have expressly eliminated intent as an element of drug offenses, according to the ruling.

“Other states have rejected such a draconian and unreasonable construction of the law that would criminalize the ‘unknowing’ possession of a controlled substance,” Judge Scriven wrote, concluding that Florida’s drug law is unconstitutional “on its face.”

Well done, thou good and faithful (public) servant. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of laws on the books, especially federal laws, where you can get it packed up your pooper regardless of intent (which has always been a component of criminal offenses, until the present degenerate age).

One Response to “Florida Judge Declares State’s Drug Law Unconstitutional”

  1. Dennis Nagle Says:

    Yet another extension of the failed so-called Drug War. Escalation in the name of “maybe if we just get tougher and try harder, it will work”.

    This is what happens when what you’re doing isn’t working, but doing something different is unpalatable–you just up the stakes, push harder. When we start summary executions for cocaine possession, maybe the country will wake up to the fact that, if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.