By SEAN MURPHY
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The Republican district attorney in the college down of Norman, Oklahoma, is pursuing criminal charges against a local shop owner and several of his clerks for selling glass pipes.
But the shop owner and his clerks, including a popular local city councilman, are fighting back.
The case has already resulted in a hung jury and an acquittal. The defendants have refused plea deals. And they're backed by a national individual liberty group that says law enforcement should quit wasting taxpayers' time and money.
A third trial began this week.
The prosecutor's determination has puzzled some residents of the left-leaning town, as other states ease penalties for marijuana use or legalize the drug altogether.