Byron and Grumbine Med Marijuana Retrial Starts May 8
Medical marijuana defendants Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine head back to Long Beach court tomorrow morning for the start of a second trial after the first one was thrown out in April by Superior Court Judge Jean Comparet-Cassani.
Byron and Grumbine will appear before Superior Court Judge Arthur Jean, Jr. for several counts of selling medical marijuana to patients through their dispensaries in Long Beach and Garden Grove. The defendants were convicted of selling pot illegally in December 2011. The trial was presided over by Judge Charles D. Sheldon, who was reportedly unfair and biased, according to O.C. Weekly.
Cassani overturned the convictions stating that it was a "terrible, terrible" trial and referenced several examples of Sheldon's mishandling of the case. After reading the court transcript, Cassani said she was "appalled" that she had reached page 1,004 before one objection by the defense was sustained.