Remember last month when Pullman police arrested DeAngelo Casto, the starting power forward on WSU's basketball team, after a cop peeked into his bedroom window in the middle of the night and spied him rolling a joint? Well, yesterday a judge decided that was like, totally not cool, man, and declared the evidence against Casto inadmissible, forcing prosecutors to drop the misdemeanor charges.
Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy said without the evidence obtained by Pullman police--a bag of marijuana and a partially-rolled marijuana cigarette--the county will not be able to continue with the drug charges.
"I just feel relieved, mostly," Casto said of the judge's ruling.
A refresher on the situation: Late on the evening of March 23, Casto was sitting in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment with his toddler-aged son, about to burn one down. A cop noticed the window screen from Casto's ground-level apartment was missing and went to check things out. He saw the spliff, knocked on Casto's front door, and demanded the player hand over the evidence.
Had the officer gone to the trouble of obtaining a search warrant, Casto would likely be facing a fine, probation, and possibly jail time. Instead, the cop was lazy and Whitman County District judge Doug Robinson called bullshit, suppressing the improperly obtained evidence.
Casto has entered the NBA draft and is no longer a member of WSU's basketball team. It's unlikely that the dismissed pot charge will have much impact on Casto's pro prospects. Teammate Klay Thompson was also busted in Pullman for misdemeanor possession this year (as was starting WSU point guard Reggie Moore; notice a pattern here?) and is still projected to be a first-round pick. Casto, though, is undersized and somewhat lacking in skill, so he'll probably go undrafted and end up playing somewhere in Europe. Hopefully for a team in Amsterdam, where he can smoke weed and play basketball in peace.