Marijuana activist seeks release pending appeal Davis is serving 2-year jail term

June 18, 1993|By Staff Report

Marijuana-rights activist Pamela Snowhite Davis' attorney filed a motion in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court yesterday requesting her freedom pending the appeal of her conviction and prison sentence.

Davis, 48, of Silver Run, is serving a two-year sentence at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup for a felony conviction on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance, in addition to misdemeanor convictions on marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession counts.

She was convicted in March after a Carroll County Narcotics Task Force raid on her farm in which officers seized less than an ounce of marijuana.

Her appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, filed April 30, could take up to a year.

"She is incarcerated in Anne Arundel County, so [filing the writ of habeas corpus there] was one of the choices I had," said her attorney, Stephen P. Bourexis. "Beyond that, I don't have any comment."

Judge Bruce Williams continued yesterday's hearing until 1:30 p.m. Monday to allow Carroll prosecutor Barton F. Walker III to present evidence and argue against the bond.

If the request is denied, Mr. Bourexis may ask the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to consider it. A similar request filed in Carroll Circuit Court in May did not get a hearing.

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