S.F. Law Professor Vows To Sue Over Botched Pot Raid


Graphic: Fred Noland/SF Weekly

​When San Francisco narcotics officers showed up at a Castro District home early on the morning of January 11, they had a search warrant for “proceeds” from an illegal marijuana grow.

But the SFPD and federal DEA officers didn’t find any cannabis cash at that address, one of six raided simultaneously that morning, reports Chris Roberts at SF Weekly.
Instead, they found Clark Freshman, a UC Hastings law professor and the main consultant to the TV show Lie To Me.
Freshman was handcuffed while in his bathrobe as agents searched, despite his insistence that they had the wrong place and were breaking the law.
“I told them to call the judge and get their warrant updated,” Freshman said. “They just laughed at me — I guess that’s why they’re called pigs.”
Soon the porcine police may be defendants, in addition to douche bags. Freshman, who is furious about the incident, has pledged to sue the DEA and the SFPD for unlawful search and seizure of his home.

Photo: UC Hastings
Professor of Law Clark Freshman: “There will not be a better litigated case this century”

​”I’ve been on the fence for years about the legalization of drugs … and now I’m a victim of this crazy War On Drugs,” Freshman said.
He pledged to sue until “I see [the agents’]houses sold at auction and their kids’ college tuitions taken away from them.”
“There will not be a better litigated case this century,” Freshman said.
Freshman isn’t just frontin’ — he has plenty of firepower to back up his claim. He received his B.A. from Harvard, where his senior thesis facilitated a pardon in the infamous Leo Frank case. He got his M.A. from University College, Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, according to the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
For more, read Chris Roberts’ story at SF Weekly.