Vandal's slogan calls for Davis' release

June 13, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Pamela Snowhite Davis was acquitted in Carroll Circuit Court but that didn't satisfy a vandal with a can of blue spray paint.

"FREE PAM DAVIS" was sprayed across the chiseled lettering, "Carroll County Courthouse Annex 1979," on the face of the building in the first block of N. Court St. late Thursday or early Friday.

Davis was tried there Thursday.

The 48-year-old Westminster woman was acquitted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

The charges stemmed from a raid in November on Liberation, her Westminster store, where the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force seized several pounds of marijuana seeds.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ruled that the prosecution had not proved marijuana existed and dismissed the charges.

During the trial, a group of supporters picketed across Court Street from the courthouse.

Davis and her supporters contend that she has been persecuted for her pro-marijuana activities.

She is in the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, serving two years on an April 28 felony drug conviction involving less than 1 ounce of marijuana in the so-called "UPS case."

County officials had no estimate of the cost of removing the painted slogan.

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