Grams' Son to Face Misdemeanor Charges 12/17/99

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Last month the Week Online reported that Morgan Grams, son of Senator Rod Grams (R-Minnesota), had apparently received "special treatment" from the Anoka County chief deputy sheriff for marijuana found in Grams' car while he was on probation -- the 21-year old Grams was driven home while his 17-year old passenger spent a month in a juvenile detention center (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/116.html#hypocrisyII).

Grams has now been charged with misdemeanor traffic and marijuana offenses, and deputy Peter Beberg is retiring, after an outside investigation headed by the sheriff of nearby Dakota and Washington counties found that the traffic stop involved "less than stellar police work," according to the New York Times. Investigators did not, however, find evidence that the Senator had requested special treatment for his son.

If convicted, Grams will face a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $700 fine. The younger passenger was convicted of a felony. Beberg is remaining in his position as mayor of Anoka.

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