COMPTON — A discordant City Council granted a one-week delay Tuesday in the longstanding public nuisance proceeding against Francesca Houpe, who is accused of growing three marijuana plants in her backyard.
At one point, Councilman Robert L. Adams even suggested that the case be "dismissed in the interest of justice."
City Atty. Wesley Fenderson Jr. initially sought a delay until January so Houpe's attorney could work out scheduling conflicts that prevented him from attending Tuesday's meeting. But Councilman Maxcy D. Filer complained that the matter had been postponed several times before, and he asked that the council decide the case once and for all this week. Councilwoman Jane D. Robbins agreed.
Adams and Mayor Walter R. Tucker sided with Fenderson, noting that their schedules were already crowded with holiday plans. Adams made a motion to drop the case altogether because the council seemed unable to reschedule it. But that died for lack of a second.
Councilman Floyd A. James, meanwhile, abstained because Houpe has accused him of triggering the nuisance action, the first step in a process that could ultimately lead confiscating her house.