Hollywood Woman Files Lawsuit After BSO Nabs Her With Backpack Full of Kitchen Herbs

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What weed apparently looked like when the BSO caught up with Robin Brown
Typically, being caught with a backpack and car full of "herb" would land an easy arrest. But for Hollywood resident Robin Brown, her herb was the cooking variety -- 50 grams of sage.

Brown, 49, was arrested in March 2009 after a deputy from the Broward Sheriff's Office was apparently convinced her sage was weed, and now she's filling a wrongful arrest lawsuit.

She says she was bird watching in Weston when the deputy came across her stash of sage, then searched her car and found more.


Brown told the Sun-Sentinel she was engaging in a practice called "smudging" -- a Native American ritual where sage is burned to "clear negative energy" and "helps take your prayers to heaven."

Deputy Dominic Raimondi used a field drug-testing kit on the substance, which came back as a false positive for marijuana.

The deputy sent the sage -- which was purchased at an Albuquerque, New Mexico, airport -- to a crime lab, where it sat around for a while.

According to court records, Assistant State Attorney Mark Horn authorized Brown's arrest three months later, even though the sage was still hanging out untested in the crime lab.

Not only did deputies show up to arrest her while she was at work -- at Massage Envy in Weston -- they gave her a strip search, body cavity search, and a night in jail.

After her fiancee posted $1,000 bail, she was released the next morning.

Four months after the big bag of not-weed was pulled from Brown's backpack and car, it was finally tested at the crime lab -- where they discovered it was definitely not pot.

Whoops.

Brown filed a lawsuit against the State Attorney's Office of Broward claiming her wrongful arrest caused public humiliation, mental pain, and suffering, and alleged the attorney's office engaged in negligence and malicious prosecution.

The lawsuit was tossed by alleged pervert Circuit Judge John Bowman in January, under the claim that prosecutors are given immunity in those types of situations.

Brown is currently appealing her loss in a district court of appeals, in the hopes that a jury can hear her case.


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8 comments
THChemist
THChemist

Many problems with a field test; the biggest is a mildly retarded nit-wit is usually administering it.  So what did the lab test conclude AFTER she was arrested?  This isn't Nazi Germany, it's time for We the People to take back what is ours.  Execute the negligent "officals"; that will end this BS once and for all.

CSMcDonald
CSMcDonald

Field tests are notorious for proving whatever the cop believes in.   The prosecutor was incredibly negligent in having her arrested three months later without having had the substance tested.  

Police and prosecutors have immense power over our lives - they should be held accountable for when they wield that power without proper discretion.

Rev Cuntini
Rev Cuntini

What stupid cop couldn't tell the difference between sage and pot.  The cop is an asshole he knew the difference.

Add1053
Add1053

Hey, Matt, there are no juries at the court of appeal.  Only the court can reverse the ruling:  "Brown is currently appealing her loss in a district court of appeals, in the hopes that a jury can reverse the ruling."

P_Nis
P_Nis

Her lawyer is an idiot, this case should have been filed on federal court as a 1983 civil rights violation case b

Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver

The field test came back positive, nuff said...which is why BSO ain't getting sued, duh read the fuckin article or get an adult to read it aloud, fuckin nitwits, act before knowing the facts, and Clarence Darrow, P-Nis, this ain't no 1983 action, what, you heard that somewhere? Has to be wilful and wanton, prove that....by the way, after today you will never hear another word about this....

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

She wants the appellate court to remand the case to a trial court, so then she can have a chance to have her case heard before a jury.

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