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Anaheim - U.S. Atty - Email thread

Anaheim - U.S. Atty - Email thread

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Sandra
Sasert
From:Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject:
Parham,
Greg
(USACAC) IGreg.Parham
Ousdoj.gov]
Friday, May
17J
20135:06
PM
Moses Johnson; Jesse Penunuri;
DOYLE,
DOUGLAS
S;
Kowal,David (USACAC)Mertus,
David
D.
(OEA-US);
Sandra
Sagert;
Sylvia
Frias
RE:
City of Anaheim: Tony
Jalali
fights
civil
forfeiture
Thanks.
Yes}
Mr.
Pappas}
press secretary
has
certainly been busy.
1
am meeting
with
him
Tuesday afternoon
to
meet
and
confer on
some
other
matters. I am inclined
to
have him patted
down
for
a recording device.
GP
From:
Moses
Johnson
[mailto:MJohnson@anahelm.net)
Sent:
Friday,
May 17, 2013
5:01
PM
To:
Parham,
Greg
(USACAC);
Jesse
Penunurii DOYlE,
DOUGLAS
Si
Kowal,
David
(USACAC)
Cc:
Mertus,
David
D. (DEA-US); Sandra
sagert;
Sylvia
Frias
Subject:
RE:
CIty
of
Anaheim:
Tony Jalali
fights
dvll
folfelture
Greg,
FYI~OC
Weekly's latest story.
See
pasted
below.
Thanks,
Moses
Feds Still Targeting Medical
Marijuana
DispensaryProfiled
by
Weekly
By
Nick
Schou Fri., May
17
2013
at
10:51
AM
Jay Brockman
In
my
dead-tree edition of the Bong Blotter this
week,
about the ongoing ootpocalypse in Orange County, I
quoted
the
wheelchair-bound
medical
marijuana activist
Marla
James about her
difficulties in
finding a
location
for her cannabis collective, Patient Med-Aid. Patient Med-Aid
is
a group of severely-ill patients I profiled lastNovember
in my
story.
"Sick Enough
to
Smoke."After the
feds
targeted the club
and
others
in Anaheim, James
was
able
to
re-open Patient Med-Aid
in
SunsetBeach.
Then,
the cops effective]y shut it down
by
parkini
a police car
in
front of the
dub.
James reopened theclub but is
already
shutting
it
down again.
""Welre
working
with
the
city
to
find
a
location in an industrial
zone,tl
James
told me
this
week.
"But I have to say it's a bitch
to
find a landlord
whowill
rent
to
Us.'~
Now
I know
why
James
is
having such a hard time
finding
a
landlord.
Yesterday, James
t
attorney, Matthew Pappas, provided me with
an
email exchange between him
and
U.S.
attorney Greg Parham
in
which Parham
states that
he
had
contacted Patient Med-Aid's most recent
landlord
in
Sunset Beach and threatened to seize the building. That threat came
in
the form of a
March
13
letter.
1
 
Parham then
followed
up
this
month
and
demanded to know
when
the collective would be
evicted.
"She
[the
land1ord]
said that she
had
received our
warning
letter and
had
asked
the
tenant to leave,
I
Parham says
his
theemail.
111
asked
if
she
had
any timeframe
when
the tenants were expected
to
be
gone. She
added
that they weresupposed
to
be
gone
by
May
7, 2013,
but have not
vacated
yet."
In
response to Parham's email, Pappas congratulated Parham in
his
efforts to stymie a group of
sick
Californiaresidents
from
exercising their rights under state law. ··Patient Med-Aid and Marla James are
!!!!!
the
peop]e you
want to be
targeting,
Greg,
n
he
added.
In
all fairness, though,
ies
no
surprise Parham
is
going
after
Patient
Med-Aid.
After
aU,
he's the
same
attorney
who
is
going after
Tony
Jalali and
his
dentist
wife,
the couple that
owns
the building the
DEA
targeted over
$37
in
medical marijuana sales, causing even the
judee
in
that case
to
Question
Parhamls
judgment.
Follow
OC
Weekly
on
Twitter @ocweeklyoron Facebookl
From:
Moses
Johnson
Sent:
Thursday,
May
16,
2013
3:16
PM
To:
'Parham,
Greg
(USACAC)ji
Jesse
Penunuri;
DOYLE, DOUGLAS S;
Kowal,
David(U5ACAC)
Cc:
Mettus,
David
D.
(DEA-US);
sandra Sagert;
Sylvia Frias
Subject:
RE:
Ctty
of
Anaheim: Tony
Jalali
fights
eMI
forfeiture
Greg,
See
today's
OC
Register editorial
re
Tony Jalali pasted below.
What
evidence
exists
to
rebut this editorial?
Thanks.,
Moses
EDITORIALS
Seizure case offends property rightsAnaheim, feds trying to take office building that rented to medical pot sellers.Anaheim small business owner
Tony
Jalali
has done nothing wrong. He
isn't
charged with
any
crime. Yet, the
city
of
Anaheim and the federal government
are
trying
to
take his property,
using federal
asset
forfeiture laws that do not require a court conviction.
Mr.
Jalali
rented a
space
in his office building on Ball Road
to
two medical-marijuanadispensaries,
evicting them
after federal officials
objected
to the dispensaries, even though -under California's Proposition 215, passed
by
voters
in
1996 -medical marijuana is legal
in
the
Golden
State.Similar property seizures were prohibited by California in
1994
with
the passage
of
Assembly
Billl14
t
by
Assemblyman John
Burton.,
D-San
Francisco;
he
now is the chairman of the stateDemocratic
Party.
At the time, he formed a "strange bedfel1ows" coalition to advance thereform with the late Assemblyman Gil Ferguson, R-Newport Beach, long a conservative
stalwart.
Those lawmakers acted in response to police departments using forfeiture laws
to
seize propertyfor little or
no
reason, then sometimes misusing the proceeds. For example,
in
1992
the Register
2
 
reported, ''No one looked twice when [Newport Beach]
PoHce
Chief Arb Campbell cruisedaround town in a [Mercedes-Benz] 500 SEL that officers had seized during a
1991
drug bust."Property still can be seized under state law
t
but only after a trial. And the proceeds
go
to thestate treasury, not to the
10cal
jurisdiction. Unfortunately, federal civil asset
.
forfeiture lawsallow governments
to
seize private property without ever charging the owner
with
a crime, withthe proceeds from selling the
property
shared
by
the federal government and the municipality.The Institute for Justice" a civil-rights group based
in
Washington,
D.C.~
has come to thedefense
of
Mr. Jalali, arguing
that
the seizure action against his building
is
an
unconstitutional"taking" under the Fourth Amendment. "The city teamed
up
with the feds to do
an
end runaround the state
law,u
IJ
attorney Scott Bullock told
us.
He said that, under federal law, theAnaheim Police Department would get 80 percent and the federal government 20 percent
of
theproceeds from the sale of Mr. Jalali's building.This case amounts
to
an intolerable affront
to
private property rights.Anaheim's role is especially troubling -even hypocritical-because the city-owned AnaheimConvention Center plays host annually
to
one of the largest medical marijuana conferences
in
the
world.
Furthennore, President Obama, when asked by Barbara Walters about his administrationprosecuting medical marijuana dispensaries, replied that there were ''bigger fish
to
fry."
Both the city and the Justice Department should drop their pursuit
of
Mr.
Jalali's property,
and
the Anaheim
City
Council should take the lead in addressing this critically important issue.The sad irony is that Mr. Jalili is
an
immigrant who
fled
Iran's repressive government in search
of
a better life. It's unacceptable that be's now persecuted
in
the land
of
liberty.
From:
Parham,
Greg
(USACAC)
[mailto:Greg.parham@usdqi,gOV]
Sent:
Thursday,
May
02,20134:17
PM
To:
Moses
Johnsonj
Jesse
Penunurf~
DOYLE,
DOUGLAS
5;
Kowal, David
(USACAC)
Cc:
Mertus,
David
D.
(O.EA-US);
sandra
Sagert;
SyMa
Frias
Subject;
RE:
aty
of
Anaheim:Tony
JalaJi
fights dvil
forfeiture
Based
on
the
wild allegations
they
make in
the
answer
and
counter-claim,
it
is
possible.
At the
very least, I
know
Pappas
has indicated
they
wish
to
depose representatives
of
the city.
GP
From.:
Moses
Johnson
[maUtQ;MJohoson@anabeim,netJ
Sent:
Thursday,
May
02,
20134:16
PM
To:
Parham,
Greg (USACAC); Jesse
PenunurJ;
DOYLE,
DOUGlAS
S;
Kowal,
DaVid
(U5ACAC)
CC:
Mertus,
David
O.
(DEA-US); Sandra
Sagertj
SylviaFrias
Subject:
RE:
Ctty
of
Anaheim:
Tony
Jalali
fights
civil
forfeiture
Greg,
Thanks
for the
counter-claim.
Doyou
think they
will
bring in
the
City
as
a Doe?
Moses
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