- TRENTON – It's another blow for Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion.
On Thursday Superior Court Judge Peter Warshaw denied Forchion's motion to reclaim his belongings – most notably cameras, videos and computer hard drives – that were confiscated during a police raid of his business in April.
Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Katz said at the hearing Thursday that the state would maintain the videos and other evidence in their original state and that they would make the evidence available once they were done processing it.
- TRENTON — The Trenton police department's Facebook page was shutdown sometime late Thursday and city officials were not talking about it Friday.
The police officer tasked with running the page, Randall Hanson, declined comment, referring any questions to the department spokesman.
"We have deactivated our Facebook page until such time as our social media policy can be reviewed and updated," the spokesman, Lt. Stephen Varn, said. He declined to answer any questions about the page.
Trenton Police’s Facebook status is nonexistent.
The department removed its Facebook page sometime Thursday amid allegations that negativity hurled at the department, partially over the arrest of a lightning rod marijuana activist, was being scrubbed from its social media page.
That led some activists — working in concert with Ed Forchion, also known as NJ Weedman – to paper the city with public records requests regarding the social media page.
One is Steven Wronko, a Spotswood man who earned the national spotlight after being escorted out of Helmetta town hall by police while filing a records request about animal abuses at the borough’s beleaguered animal shelter.
“This is a group of supporters who have waged war on my behalf,” Forchion said in a phone interview Friday.
Steve Nelson (U.S. News) has the story:
Edward Forchion operates a restaurant called NJ Weedman’s Joint across the street from City Hall in Trenton, New Jersey’s capital. Next door is his “temple,” where state-legal medical marijuana patients and other congregants use cannabis.
NJ Weedman says he will give prosecutors a ‘legal a--whooping,’ and a First Amendment expert says he’s right.
An activist and entrepreneur who styles himself “NJ Weedman” says authorities made a big mistake charging him with cyber harassment for calling a New Jersey policeman a “pedophile” – and some legal experts say he’s right. Edward Forchion operates a restaurant called NJ Weedman's Joint across the street from City Hall in Trenton, New Jersey's capital.
Next door is his “temple,” where state-legal medical marijuana patients and other congregants use cannabis. Forchion says business boomed after he opened shop last year, but that cops scared off customers when a fight over whether the temple could stay open late at night snowballed.
TRENTON >> Police say summonses charging Ed Forchion for smoking marijuana in city council chambers last year were signed by officials the day following the incident and sent to him via “regular mail.”
But Forchion’s attorney says that claim doesn’t make sense because police must have a record showing they served a complaint before a warrant can be issued for failing to appear in court.
“You can’t send it regular mail; they might as well just put it in the shredder because it has the same legal effect,” Forchion’s attorney Ed Heyburn said. “They either deliver it in person, or they send it certified mail and someone has to sign for it. When they go before a judge and request a warrant, they’ll be asked to show when they served the complaint.”
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