Judge Throws Book at Tom Kikuchi, Prosecutor Threatens Stephanie Landa
The first few paragraphs of Vanessa Nelson's excellent article are below.
The link at the end of the third paragraph will take you to the rest of the
Tom and Stephanie need your letters of affection and support more than ever now.
Imagine how horrific it would be, if you were forcibly separated from your
spouse of forty years, then not allowed to communicate at all with them.
This is what has happened to Tom and Stephanie.
As the result of Judge Alsup's rush to justice, they will not be allowed to see,
speak, or write to each other for two years. As I'm sure you can imagine, they
are devastated. Please write and show your support during this difficult time.
Prisoner # 09247-800
Dublin FCI - Satellite Camp
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Dublin CA 94568
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Oakland CA 94607
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In a surprise sentencing Wednesday, medical marijuana
defendant Thomas Kikuchi was given a two-year prison term as punishment for
violating the conditions of his federal supervised release.
Although this sentence was the maximum penalty that could have been imposed,
Judge William Alsup went on record as saying he wished he could have sentenced
Kikuchi even more harshly.
“If I could give you five years, I would give you five years, because you
deserve it,” the judge told the defendant Wednesday.
Judge Alsup chose to proceed with the sentencing immediately after a hearing on
the probation violation. He made this decision in spite of the fact that the
lengthy proceedings had already forced him to push back his calendar, and in
spite of the defense’s request to be issued a memorandum prior to sentencing.
The crucial factor in the rush appeared to be prosecutor George Bevan’s
impending retirement, and the judge put the sentencing on the fast track once he
learned that any delays might force the prosecutor to miss out on the