Target: Will County Circuit Court Judge Bennett Braun
Goal: Use correct legal procedures in obtaining evidence against Angela Kirking
Growing a vegetable garden is now a reason for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents to raid someone’s house. One woman, who grows vegetables and buys fertilizer at a local nursery store, was suspected of growing marijuana. DEA agents obtained a warrant to raid her home, which they did promptly at 5:00 am. Police officers had sifted through her trash, monitored her electricity usage, and picked at the foliage she had thrown out from her garden. Using these three random, innocent facts, police decided to go to the judge for a warrant for a raid and arrest without any truly incriminating evidence. This woman had no solid evidence against her, yet her house was raided and she was arrested.
The judge ruling in this case, Judge Bennett Braun, admitted that this woman, Angela Kirking, had “wholly innocent conduct.” This shows that the police and DEA had not based their information off of any criminally apparent actions. These police officers had essentially monitored her electricity and buying habits without any truthful lead into unlawful activity. Kirking is a facepaint artist who has her own garden that includes hibiscus flowers. The DEA had no indication of her owning deadly weapons or being violent, yet they still raided Kirking’s home with guns at 5:00 in the morning to arrest her. In addition to this, the DEA agents found a negligible amount of cannabis and a pipe. Medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, where this took place; the officers, therefore, had no reason to believe that Kirking was illegally obtaining any of these substances.
Demand the proper legal procedure be followed by these police officers. Ask that the subsequent case ruling built off of the doubtful evidence be thrown out due to insufficient pretexts for the raid and arrest.
Dear Judge Braun,
I recently heard of a DEA raid on a professional facepainter’s house. Her house had been monitored heavily by the police for no criminally apparent reason. Angela Kirking’s only “crime” had been growing plants and buying planting products at a local gardening store before the DEA had raided her house. These were all innocent actions and are in no way indicative of anything illegal. The basis for raiding Kirking’s house and arresting her, using guns and unnecessary force, is unfounded. As you likely know, medical marijuana is legal in Illinois.
Please reevaluate the validity of the search terms. Angela Kirking deserves a trial in which she is not prosecuted for having trivial amounts of marijuana in her home. In addition, the information obtained from the raid was the byproduct of a stretched possibility of criminality. I urge you to stop this case from continuing further due to the unlawful and unfair searching of Angela Kirking’s house.
[Your Name Here]
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