Drug activist in Maroochydore court chaos
BEDLAM erupted repeatedly in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday as an anti-government campaigner and cannabis legalisation activist faced drug production and possession charges.
In bizarre scenes, Pieta Michelle Morgan, 38, questioned the court's authority, various voices were raised, her supporters were ejected, and Ms Morgan herself was banned from her own hearing for failing to submit to its jurisdiction.
She refused to stand up in recognition of Magistrate Annette Hennessy, would not enter a plea to her charges and demanded to table as evidence a 22-page affidavit suggesting the government was a terrorist organisation, that police were "hired thugs", and that the courts had no legitimate authority.
Ms Hennessey suggested that Ms Morgan, of Mapleton, needed to submit to the court process before the affidavit could be tabled.
"I'm not submitting to anything," Ms Morgan said.
"Then I'm not accepting anything," Ms Hennessey replied.
"I submit to nobody but God," Ms Morgan said later.
In previous court appearances she has argued marijuana was a gift from God according to the Bible verse Genesis 1:29.
Yesterday's hearing was adjourned after Ms Morgan repeatedly spoke over the top of Ms Hennessey.
When the court reconvened, the bedlam continued until security officers, court staff and police escorted Ms Morgan and her noisy supporters from the room.
The hearing into the May 2012 charges eventually proceeded without Ms Morgan, who had no other legal representation.
The mother of three is charged with possession of marijuana and implements used to smoke the drug.
Ms Hennessey later examined the affidavit, which included claims of an illegal search of her house and human rights violations, but it was rejected as irrelevant.
She fined Ms Morgan $800. No conviction was recorded.
Ms Morgan said she would fight the matter through the District Court, the Crime and Misconduct Commission and the United Nations.