Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Loretta Nall Heads Back to Court

Gubernatorial Candidate Loretta Nall Heads Back to Court


Contact: Nall for Governor Campaign

Contact Person: Loretta Nall

Telephone Number: 251-650-2271

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Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate, Loretta Nall, Heads Back to Court

Alexander City, AL, Sept 24, 2006 — Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate, Loretta Nall, will appear in Tallapoosa County Circuit Court, located in downtown Alexander City, at 9 A.M. on September 28, 2006 to continue the appeals process in her misdemeanor marijuana possession case. On that day Mrs. Nall will ask the judge to appoint new counsel due to on going and unresolved scheduling conflicts between her attorney and the court.

Loretta Nall, who had no prior arrest record and maintains her innocence, was arrested in a November 2002 raid on her home less than a week after her Letter to the Editor of the Birmingham News was published. The affidavit in support of the warrant to search Nall's home used that letter as probable cause.The Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force, which conducted the raid on Nall's home, alleges that the raid yielded 0.87 gram of marijuana.

Nall was convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia in February, 2004. Read the trial transcript here.

After her trial in Feb. 2004 Mrs. Nall filed a complaint with the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (second page of complaint is here) alleging misconduct on the part of District Judge Kim Taylor after he commented about the facts of her case to the local media. The Judicial Inquiry Commission sided with Mrs. Nall and reprimanded Judge Kim Taylor for his actions.

In March of 2005 Mrs. Nall appeared in circuit court for her appeal. The prosecution offered her a plea bargain of 8 months in prison without the possibility of probation or parole in exchange for her guilty plea. Mrs. Nall refused to plea out and instead demanded a jury trial. She wrote a scathing article about her court experience which was published at LewRockwell and one week later she was visited by the F.B.I.

Loretta Nall, 31, wife, mother of two children living in her native Alabama, became involved in drug policy reform in September of 2002, after enduring a terrifying helicopter raid by local, state and federal agents looking for marijuana. No marijuana was found.

Loretta Nall has appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine,, and numerous daily newspapers across North America on behalf of her campaign to reduce the destructive effects of prohibition. She writes extensively about her experiences. In 2004 Loretta visited war-torn Colombia, South America where she studied the affects of aerial fumigation on the food crops of peasant farmers as carried out under U.S. Plan Colombia. Currently, she is assisting in guiding a medical marijuana bill through the Alabama state legislature in concert with the Drug Policy Alliance.

Nall is the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Alabama in the 2006. For more information about her campaign including video clips of recent candidate speeches, photos, campaign updates and more please visit the campaign website.

All media is encouraged to attend the court hearing. To schedule an interview please call the Nall for Governor campaign headquarters at 251-650-2271 or email them


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