A Tennessee Judge's Is Locking People Up For Smoking Regular Tobacco Cigarettes

Submitted by: daegog 2 weeks ago in News & Politics


Taxpayer's money well spent? I wonder if the judge has a deal with the local prisons for kickbacks?

An excerpt from Alternet: Hamilton County Drug Court Judge Tom Greenholtz has taken it upon himself to punish people under his supervision for using a legal substance because he thinks doing so will give them a "better chance at life."

Earlier this month, he jailed a handful of drug court participants who came up positive for nicotine in court-mandated drug tests.

"We routinely test for nicotine as we do for other controlled substances," Greenholtz told Chattanooga TV station Newschannel 9, blithely ignoring the fact that nicotine is not a controlled substance under state or federal law and that cigarette smoking is not a crime.

As for throwing hapless drug court victims in jail for violating his arbitrary edict: "It shows how serious we are about combatting this," he said.
There are 7 comments:
Male 15,408
It's also illegal to assassinate judges; I hope none of his constituents are planning blithely ignore the law.
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Female 8,179
I took YEARS to give up nicotine, and my partner will die from its effects sooner rather than later- but but but- the damn stuff is LEGAL. If you permit a judge ( or the police etc etc) to overstep their limit even a hair, you erode every liberty we have.
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Male 40,575
Just opening up the city or county or state for lawsuit after lawsuit. 
Ambulance chasers live for this kind of stuff.
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Male 3,812
If the state and federal government didn't take money from big tobacco for DECADES in the past...we wouldn't be here today.

...we'd also have legal weed sooner too...
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Male 5,427
Good grief. That judge is seriously out of line. Regarding your thought that the judge may be getting kickbacks: Yes, that seems a real possibility here. It would explain a lot.
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Male 1,284
squrlz4ever Well, kickbacks or dementia fueled power trip.
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Male 569
squrlz4ever I would love to see his reasoning on this one. Seems indefensible...
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