At that time, activist Audrey Hatfield felt things were going Crouse's way and predicted a positive verdict the next day, and she was correct on both scores.
Late Friday afternoon, he
was acquitted of all charges against him.
Not that there wasn't some drama along the way.
On Friday morning, according to Hatfield, president of Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights, who was among the advocates protesting throughout the week at the courthouse where Crouse was tried, prosecutors with 4th Judicial District DA Dan May's office "tried to get the judge to make it so Bob wouldn't be able to use the affirmative defense."
But, says Hatfield
, "the judge wouldn't have it."
Fortunately, the two of them were allowed to return to their home yesterday, Hatfield
As Crouse was flooded with emotion, a celebration broke out in the courtroom among his supporters, with Hatfield
decrying the resources wasted by targeting a cancer patient simply trying to follow his doctor's recommendation.
, who's planning a July 30 protest at May's
office, is dubious.
"I don't know if they're going to listen to our message," she
concedes, noting that in the last week or so, she's
had a couple of new people contact her
with tales of unjust marijuana prosecutions.
hasn't had a chance to check out their stories, so she
can't vouch for them quite yet, but she
says, "as far as I can tell, this kind of thing is still going on.
"I would hope they'd look at Bob's case, and these other cases, and say, 'This just isn't working for us.' But Dan May's got his
agenda" -- he's
seen in Republican quarters as a possible successor to John Suthers as Colorado Attorney General -- "and I think he's
going to try to prosecute as many cases as he
For the most part, Hatfield
goes on, prosecutors in the Springs "try to get people to take a plea deal.