Charlotte Hannah
October 04, 2012

Joint Falls Out of Lawyer’s Pocket in Court

Photo credit: cantrellforjudge.com

Pro tip for lawyers: If your workplace is a courtroom and your colleagues are police officers, judges, and attorneys, it is inadvisable to bring your weed to work. Unfortunately, one New Orleans lawyer didn’t heed this advice, and now his career has gone up in smoke.

In a case of what was probably the easiest criminal bust of all time, a Jason Cantrell was cited for marijuana possession this week after a joint fell out of his pocket in a court room.

According to one of the arresting officers, Cantrell was talking to an officer when a joint flew out of his pocket. According to The Times-Picayune, “a pair of cops glanced at the joint on the ground, then at each other before making arguably the easiest collar in the annals of policework”.

Cantrell is a first time offender and faces a summons for possession. In New Orleans, simple possession of a small amount of marijuana does not warrant arrest. However, Cantrell has been suspended from his job without pay, as an investigation is ongoing.

Cantrell’s wife, LaToya, is a candidate for a seat on City Council, which puts the following quote in a little more context:

“I absolutely do not condone his actions,” said LaToya in a statement. “I love my husband unconditionally and am very concerned for his health and well-being, and for that of our family. I hope that this incident will encourage Jason to seek the professional help.”

Cantrell unsuccessfully ran for juvenile court judge in 2009 — on a platform that included instituting drug court for first and second-time offenders.