Up date:February 2, 2017  Activist Louisiana Judge illegally avoids the constitutional challenge of the Louisiana marijuana possession law that convicted Bernard Noble as a habitual offender to 13 1/3 years..This Judge denied equal protection of law thereby due process of law.


State vs. Bernard Noble









BERNARD NOBLE                 )

Applicant                                 )

V                                   )                                   Docket No. 501-594

Respondent                              )





Hearing on December 6, 2016. Noble's prison sentence was reduced to 8 years. This was his post conviction relief for claiming the marijuana law is unreasonable state police power and unconstitutional that would overturn his conviction. The judge violated the laws governing post conviction relief. Reduction in sentencing is not a criteria for post conviction relief. The court acknowledge the established the claim and entitled him to relief, because the court appointed council. Art. 930.7.   

"The application has alleged a claim that has been established, entitled the petitioner to relief, the court shall order the custodian, through the district attorney in the parish in which the defendant was convicted, to file … an answer on the merits … within a specified period not in excess of thirty days." Art. 927.  

The court never ordered an answer. The court continues to deprive Noble his liberty without due process of law until he is free completely. His application for post conviction relief has not been resolved.



June 20, 2016 

State vs. Bernard Noble

13 1/3 years for 2.8 grams of pot.




Bernard Noble has been deprived of his fundamental right to liberty for over 5 years of a 13+ years sentence as an habitual offender for possessing 2+ grams of marijuana.

With assistance, he has filed an  Application of Post-Conviction Relief in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Section L on May 18th 2015, Doc # 501-594 on the claim that the Louisiana marijuana possession law is unreasonable use of police power contravenes the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments and the law is unconstitutional. The State of Louisiana did not respond by June 17th to Mr. Noble’s claim as required by law. Therefore the District Attorney of Orleans Parish did not deny but perhaps agrees the marijuana possession law is unconstitutional. I am told he is being brought to his hearing on June 29, 2016.

 I have informed the media about this hearing after I called this court and learned the state did not respond to his application for post-conviction relief.  This means the DA’s office concedes that the criminalizing marijuana is unreasonable and unconstitutional by not responding. There are no reasons, no compelling state interest to deprive Mr. Noble’s liberty for allegedly possessing marijuana violating due process of law.

I was also was told that Mr. Noble was informed by the public defender that the clerk of the court said the judge did not want any of his family or the media at this hearing.

And the clerk of this court is offering some plea agreement that the charges he was convicted of would be reduced so he would be released for time served to avoid the court declaring the marijuana possession law unconstitutional.

It is said, after that Mr. Noble can question the constitutionality of the marijuana laws to overturn his convictions in a declaratory judgment lawsuit. What the what? The court does not work for the executive or legislature branches of government. The judiciary is supposed to be impartial to secure constitutional rights against majority rule. That due process of law requires the judicial standard of review of laws that deprive fundamental rights is strict scrutiny. The burden is on the government to demonstrably justified that the law is reasonable and necessary to protect public safety. How is the possession of marijuana a threat to the rights of others?

What is lower than simple possession of marijuana? There is no pleading to a lesser charge listed in the application for post-conviction relief. But questioning the constitutionality of a law that has deprived Mr. Noble of his liberty is a criteria listed on the form for post-conviction relief and has no statutory of limitation.

This Judge, that sentence Mr. Noble for 13+ years because he had to by law. Now he has no choice but  to declare the state of Louisiana marijuana possession law is unreasonable violating due process of law and unconstitutional because there is no victim of a crime and overturn Mr. Noble’s conviction and restore his liberty, freedom from physical restraint.

I want to believe bringing Mr. Noble to Court he has spent his last night in jail. He will have his liberty restored and freedom to leave the court quietly  or not with his family because criminalizing this property, marijuana, and the use of state police power violated his rights secured by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments and is unconstitutional. 



His Claim 1

I claim that my person has been seized and I have been deprived of my inalienable fundamental right of liberty without reason, without a compelling state interest, without due process of law contravening the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States.

  1. I was arrested for possessing marijuana. The possession of marijuana didn’t pose a threat to public safety. State police power arresting me and depriving me of my liberty was not protecting the rights of others, public safety. There was no victim of a crime.
  2. N/A
  3. This claim was not raised in the trial court because :

I didn’t know that being arrested, seizure of my person and deprivation of my fundamental right of liberty, that I had had standing to question the validity, the construction, the  reasonableness, the constitutionality of the State of Louisiana’s marijuana possession law in a pretrial Motion to Dismiss.

I didn’t know that liberty is freedom from physical restraint, bounds of prison.

I didn’t  know substantive due process of law requires the deprivation of my fundamental right of liberty by the use of state police power  must be justified by a compelling state interest.

I didn’t know that judicial standard of review of the marijuana possession law that authorized the use of state police power is strict scrutiny standard of review.

 I didn’t know the burden was on the State of Louisiana to provide reasons, a compelling state interest, a substantial threat to public safety, that demonstrably justifies the law that criminalized the possession of marijuana and the use of state police power.

I didn’t know I had a right to equal protection of law, the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States.





BERNARD NOBLE                            )


V                                              )                                            Docket No. 501-594
STATE OF LOUISIANA                                  )




For violating the marijuana possession law, I claim that my person has been seized and I have been deprived of my inalienable fundamental right of liberty without reason, without a compelling state interest, without due process of law contravening the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States.

 “One's right to life, liberty, and property, may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.” West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624, 638 1943 .“Such rights … do not vanish simply because the power of the state is arrayed against them. Nor are they enjoyed in subjection to mere legislative findings.” Nebbia v. New York, 291 U.S. 502, 548; 54 S.Ct. 505 (1934).


No State "shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law," says the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. … By the term "liberty," as used in the provision, … [is] freedom from physical restraint or the bounds of a prison. Munn v. Illinois, 94 U.S. 113, 142 (1876)


State “police power which trenches upon the constitutionally protected freedom even though enacted pursuant to a valid state interest, bears a heavy burden of justification … and will be upheld only if it is necessary, and not merely rationally related, to the accomplishment of a permissible state policy.” McLaughlin v. Florida, 379 U.S. 184, 196; 85 S.Ct. 283, 290 (1964); Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479, 497, 85 S. Ct. 1678 (1965); Ravin v. State of Alaska, 537 P. 2d 494,.497 (1975).


 “[T]he police power of the State … can only interfere with the conduct of individuals in their intercourse with each other, and in the use of their property.” Munn v. Illinois, 94 U.S. 113, 145 (1876).

“The police power of a state … is subordinate to constitutional limitations. Under it there is no unrestricted authority to accomplish whatever the public may presently desire. It is the governmental power of self-protection and permits reasonable regulation of rights and property in particulars essential to the preservation of the community from injury.” Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. v. Highway Comm'n, 294 U.S. 613, 622 (1935).


" In the absence of compelling justification, the police power does not extend so far as to permit the Government to protect an individual against himself and that the concern for public health and safety is relevant only insofar as the action of one individual may threaten the well-being of others." United States V Kiffer 477 F2.d 349 (1973), at 354.


            A "seizure" triggering the Fourth Amendment's protections occurs only when government actors have, by “means of physical force or show of authority, . . . in some way restrained the liberty of a citizen.” Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 19 n. 16 (1968). A full custodial arrest is …a severe intrusion on an individual's liberty, its reasonableness hinges on "the degree to which it is needed for the promotion of legitimate governmental interests.” Wyoming v. Houghton, 526 U.S. 295, 300 (1999).


[C]riminal statutes, be subjected to the most rigid scrutiny, … if they are ever to be upheld, they must be shown to be necessary to the accomplishment of some permissible state objective. Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1, 11 (1967). “The police power may be exerted … to invade rights … when such legislation bears a real and substantial relation to the public health [and] safety.” Liggett Co. v. Baldridge, 278 U.S. 105, 111,112; 49 S.Ct.57, 59 (1928).


[T]he rights of the individual in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand. Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11, 27 (1905).


“ ‘Even liberty itself, the greatest of all rights, is not unrestricted license to act according to one's own will. It is only freedom from restraint under conditions essential to the equal enjoyment of the same right by others. It is, then, liberty regulated by law.’” Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11, 26 -27 (1905) Crowley v. Christensen 137 U.S. 86, 89, 90 (1890) “This constitutional guaranty demands only that the law shall not be unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious, and that means selected shall have real and substantial relation to the object. Nebbia v. New York, 291 U.S. 502, (1934).



            The case law indicates the marijuana possession law is unconstitutional and I’m illegally detained.


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