Fairbanks attorney takes on TSA marijuana case

Associated PressApril 25, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- A Fairbanks attorney who won a challenge against an Alaska state law criminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana in a home is taking on another pot case, this one involving the Transportation Security Administration.

Bill Satterberg entered a not guilty plea Tuesday on behalf of 62-year-old John Michael Hargesheimer, who is charged with a misdemeanor count of drugs misconduct.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says Hargesheimer is accused of carrying the drug in his checked airplane luggage and complaining to the TSA for confiscating it.

Satterberg took the 2001 misdemeanor drug case against North Pole resident David Noy to the Alaska Court of Appeals. That court ruled that the state's constitutional right to privacy is more important than a law that assigns criminal penalties for possession of marijuana.

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