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Law Prof Tied to Pot Bust

A married pair of prominent Massachusetts lawyers -- one a professor at Suffolk University Law School -- have been tied by their son to his business growing and selling marijuana. Jonathon Cook, 20, allegedly told police in Natick, Mass., that his lawyer parents knew he was selling drugs out of their home and that his stepfather helped him build a room to grow marijuana and bought some of it himself.

The man's mother, Kathy Jo Cook, a former president of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, and his stepfather, Timothy Wilton, the Suffolk law professor, issued a statement yesterday denying the allegations. "We are not only extremely concerned about Jonathon and the charges against him, but also saddened to hear about the allegations against us," the couple said. "These allegations are false, and we were extremely surprised to hear about them. As lawyers, we have deep faith in the legal system, and are confident that as this matter unfolds, the truth will surface."

The allegations, reported yesterday by the Metrowest Daily News, were contained in a police report prepared after police arrested Cook last Friday following an undercover investigation into his drug dealing. The arrest came two weeks after Cook was shot in the hand during an invasion of the home he shared with his parents. The allegations were described by a prosecutor yesterday at Cook's arraignment.

Cook told investigators that his mother delayed calling police after the shooting so that he could dispose of the marijuana plants that were in the house. He told police that Wilton would buy marijuana from him and sometimes steal it. He claimed that Wilton helped him build a grow room in the basement in exchange for some of the profits from the drug sales.

Cook had moved back into the house only recently, after losing his job. At his arraignment, the judge ordered him held on $50,000 bail. Other reports on this:

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on August 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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