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Newlywed Jailed for Marijuana

December 12, 1998

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Judge Dan Stack runs a full-service courtroom. He presided over the marriage of a man _ and sentenced him minutes later for bringing marijuana into the courthouse.

``I wanted to sentence him for criminal stupidity,″ said Stack, a Madison County judge. ``But I felt sorry for them both.″

The groom, Ewel Simon Greene, was arrested at the courtroom door Friday afternoon after a deputy using a metal detector discovered a metal pipe in his pocket, which led to a search that turned up a bag containing less than 2.5 grams of marijuana.

Greene, 25, had arrived at the courthouse with his fiancee and their infant son.

Authorities were going to release Greene with a court-appearance notice, but Stack, after talking it over with Greene, offered to conduct the wedding ceremony and decide the criminal case back-to-back.

Stack married the couple first, then sentenced Greene to one year’s probation and a $100 fine on misdemeanor charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

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