This story, reported by Steve Schmadeke of the Chicago Tribune, is a little different. It seems that a young Assistant State’s Attorney in Lake County had a roommate who was running a marijuana operation out of their apartment. And, he not only was aware of what his roommate was doing, he even helped out on occasion:
His drug-dealing roommate loved baking “marijuana pastries,” a former Lake County prosecutor testified Wednesday, so when the roommate offered him some chemically enhanced batter, he couldn’t refuse.
But Aaron Isaacson, 30, who was forced to resign as a prosecutor in 2009 shortly after his roommate was arrested, testified that he had a “horrible … reaction” to the cannabis-laced batter.
Isaacson testified Wednesday during an attorney disciplinary hearing that he witnessed dozens of drug deals, helped his roommate count and organize drug money, and used marijuana and cocaine while working as a traffic court prosecutor who sometimes handled misdemeanor drug cases in 2009.
“I didn’t think anything of it at the time,” Isaacson said when asked why he didn’t move out. Isaacson was never criminally charged. Instead he agreed to testify against his friend in exchange for immunity.
But he could lose his law license.
Isaacson and his friend, Ryan Yoselowitz, 30, were living in a lavish new Logan Square town house full of high-quality marijuana stored everywhere from a hidden compartment in a sofa to glass “candy jars” stashed next to boxes of macaroni and cheese in the kitchen cupboards, according to testimony Wednesday before an Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission hearing.
The bachelor pad was “without a doubt … the most elaborate, over-the-top place I’ve been to,” testified now-retired Illinois State Police investigative Sgt. Earl Candler, who said he had executed more than 1,000 search warrants in his career.
Candler started laughing as he recounted how Isaacson sweated profusely and denied knowing there were drugs in the house even though the place reeked of marijuana. “It was comical,” he said.
Yoselowitz said in a deposition that Isaacson also sometimes delivered marijuana or picked up drug cash, but Isaacson denied that. The former prosecutor, who was dubbed “Yoda” by friends in the drug trade, also denied searching law enforcement databases to help his roommate.
Isaacson testified that he paid just $800 of the town house’s $2,800 monthly rent himself even though he knew his roommate’s only source of income was from selling drugs. He also testified that he helped Yoselowitz sort drug cash only because they were running late for a social engagement.
“It was driving me nuts because we were running so late,” Isaacson said. “And he said, ‘If you want to get out of here, you have to help me with this money.'”
His supervisors in the Lake County state’s attorney’s office testified that Isaacson lied to them the day after Yoselowitz was arrested in McLean County in central Illinois with 23 pounds of top-grade marijuana. Yoselowitz pleaded guilty and is serving a 12-year prison sentence.
Not only has Mr. Isaacson lost his job as a prosecutor, he is facing the prospect of losing his law license. I wonder if this story is (a) simply an aberration; (b) yet another example of young men lacking maturity and judgment; or (c) an indication of how commonplace marijuana has become to the extent that having a roommate running an operation like this doesn’t seem wrong, even to a prosecutor?
What do you think?