Oklahoma Vice: Jurors called for DA to dismiss glass pipe cases
Over the weekend, two jurors from the trial of Friendly Market owner Robert Cox and manager Stephen Holman called for Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn to drop his prosecution of the remaining two defendants facing drug-related charges in connection with police raids on the shop.
The Friendly Market closed its doors in late 2015 after police served two search warrants there, seizing glass pipes, bongs and cash from the premises.
In an open letter, Friendly Market juror Melissa Costello said she felt Mashburn's prosecution of the Friendly Market defendants was a waste of public time and money.
"I was not impressed with the state's case. I just didn't believe that Robert or Stephen had done anything wrong," Costello wrote. " The more I heard about The Friendly Market and all of the items it sold (other than glass pipes), the more I wish I'd known about it before it was closed down. I would have liked to have shopped there, and it didn't bother me one bit that they sold glass pipes."
Here's a link to Costello's entire letter.
Juror Betty Gilson echoed Costello's sentiments and also said she and other jurors felt intimidated when local law enforcement filled the courtroom when Norman police Chief Keith Humphreys testified during Cox and Holman's trial.
"I wondered, "Why am I here?" Gilson wrote. "I did not see the point in all of this. I did not see where anyone broke the law."
Here's a link to Gilson's letter.