Rob Corry: Read unusual police report for attorney's smoking-pot-at Coors Field case
Marijuana attorney Rob Corry seeks PR for events like free-joint giveaways in Denver and Boulder -- part of his campaign against Prop AA, a marijuana taxation measure. Lately, though, he's also appeared in the news for incidents he'd undoubtedly have preferred to keep on the down-low, including a June arrest for allegedly breaking an RV's window. And now, he's accused of public pot smoking and disobeying a lawful order at Coors Field in one of the lengthiest and most unusual police reports ever for what started as a petty offense. See it and get details below.
Smoking marijuana in public would typically result in a citation similar in length to a traffic ticket. But documents related to Corry's case are an astonishing fifteen pages long, complete with a probable cause statement, multiple witness accounts and several pages pertaining to AmberLee June, a 33-year-old Salt Lake City resident busted for allegedly sharing a joint with Corry. Also on hand were copies of both their drivers licenses, which we've omitted from the PDF below.
Was the size and scope of the report dictated by Corry's alleged belligerence when confronted by officers, resulting in a second, potentially more serious charge? Or could Corry's prominence in the marijuana scene, and as a thorn in the Denver Police Department's side, have been a factor? Well, Corry has declined comment at this time, and the report's narrative features the attorney supposedly saying, "I bet I am a big trophy for you" and the cop replying that he had "never seen or heard of him before to my recollection."
Rob Corry looks on as Miguel Lopez, co-organizer of an anti-Proposition AA rally at Civic Center Park, gives out a free joint.
Photo by Alex Brown
The incident took place on September 25 at Coors Field during the final home game of Colorado Rockies all-star Todd Helton. A stadium employee is said to have alerted two plainclothes DPD reps that several people were "smoking marijuana publicly in the area between the concourse and the gate." When they approached, the report quotes them as seeing a man later identified as Corry "take a long drag off of the suspected marijuana cigarette," then handing it to Lee, who did likewise.
According to the narrative, one cop asked Corry to hand over the joint, and he replied, "No, I don't have to, it's legal" -- a statement that would certainly seem surprising coming from Corry, who made certain that people who received free joints at the aforementioned rallies knew they'd be breaking the law if they fired up in public. Corry's then said to have tossed the joint to the ground and attempted to cover it with his foot.
More alleged Corry quotes from the report:
(When asked for identification): "I don't have any ID and don't have to give you shit."
(When asked to turn around and put his hands on his head): "Oh, fuck off, cop. It's a citation only -- public consumption."
(When told he was under arrest): "I am going back to my seat and watch the game."
(When an officer began to search him): "You're a stupid cop. You are going to make this easy for me. You can't search me. It's a citation only."
(When told he'd have to go to the police station to complete paperwork): "You can go wherever you want. I am getting my stupid citation for public smoking and going back to the game. You can fuck off and bring me my ticket."
Rob Corry at the free-joint rally in Boulder earlier this month.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Throughout this process, the report states that Corry "tried to be difficult and struggle," as well as continuing to "curse, swear and debate what was taking place."
The statements attributed to June are considerably less spicy. Her statement reads in part, "I met a man sitting next to me. We talked about Colorado.... He gave me a hit of marijuana and I handed it back." She did so, she added, because "after all, I was in Colorado."
Whether any of Corry's commentary would be admissible in court is questionable, given that the narrative says he was read his Miranda rights after all of the exchanges with DPD reps above. But even if the disobeying-a-lawful-order beef is dropped, his credibility regarding the upcoming election hasn't been enhanced by coverage of the incident and the one in June, for which he's expected to make a court appearance in October. Here's how we described the June bust at the time:
Corry and the owner of the RV got into a verbal dispute that ended with Corry breaking the vehicle's window.
The ticketing officer notes that Corry didn't offer a reason for breaking the window....
A Denver police report lists the incident time as Thursday, June 13, between 8:45 and 8:55 p.m. in the area of South Beeler Street and East Jefferson Avenue, and the initial charges are recorded as felony menacing and misdemeanor criminal mischief. But the felony appears not to have stuck. We've learned that Corry has received a municipal summons and complaint related to property damage and disturbing the peace -- both misdemeanors.
If and when Corry offers a comment on the latest matter, we'll share it here. In the meantime, here's a larger look at his June booking photo, followed by the Coors Field-related police report.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Rob Corry, marijuana advocate, arrested after allegedly breaking RV window."
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