"I refer to things such as the crime that I'm being accused of at
this time . . . I don't consider the hemp plant to be a crime . .
. I'm sorry not to be in tune with my government on that, my
family has lived in the United States for three-hundred and fifty
years, and that has been something that is a source of pain, that
my government and I don't get along, but I feel that I will be
vindicated on that opinion before too much longer." Id. at 63.
Defendant admitted that he smokes marijuana and hashish.
Defendant also admitted that the business cards in his
possession at the time of his arrest were false. The business
cards were in the name of Rollins and identified him as a film
producer. Defendant admitted that the film companies identified
in the business cards were fictitious entities that he made up
Defendant admitted that in 1998, he had no employment and was
not making any money. When asked about the $11,000 (Canadian)
cash in his possession at the time of his arrest, defendant once
again gave evasive testimony. He first stated that he had
borrowed the money. But when asked who he had borrowed it from,
he stated, "I'm not at liberty to say right now." Id. at 71-72.
When pressed, he claimed that he borrowed the money from his
mother originally, but that he had gotten this particular money
from gold that he had sold.
Following the bail hearing, Justice Locke, on April 30, 1999,
denied defendant's request for bail pending extradition. See
Government's Exhibit 4. In rendering his decision, Justice Locke
made the following observations:
Mr. Trolinger testified on his own behalf. I take
from his evidence that for the past two decades or
more at least, from the time his daughter Morgan was
age four, Mr. Trolinger has lived essentially
separate and apart from both his daughter and his
wife. In addition, he frankly admitted to never
having established even a home address sufficient to
receive for any length of time telephone calls and
mail, even on a semi-permanent basis. He acknowledged
having lived continuously in many countries, mainly
out of a suitcase and mainly in short term rental
accommodations, including hotel rooms and the like.
He could not produce an address where he had lived
either by country, state, province or city.
He professed to having been a gold miner, but really
could not say where or with what mine with any degree
of accuracy or particularity. He stated that he
helped produce movies. He named the movies, but he
could not specify how he was paid, when he was paid,
how much he was paid and who his employer really was.
On his arrest in December of 1998, at Toronto, he
admitted that he carried on his person a false birth
certificate by way of identification, in another
name, and a driver's license in the same name, and
also a number of business cards naming non-existent,
fictitious corporations. His purpose, he said, was to
employ those spurious documents to start a new life
with his daughter in Canada, under the false name.
In essence, Mr. Trolinger projects a clear image of a
fraudsman, a persuasive salesman, and a person
capable to live well beyond the poverty line at any
place of his choosing in the world.
The allegations are serious. As one factor only, the
prosecution's case appears to be strong. . . .
On the primary grounds alone, I am not prepared to
conclude that if released, even on substantial bail
with strict terms and conditions, Mr. Trolinger would
appear for his extradition hearing. . . .
His statement that he has had a running battle, at
length, with the U.S. government
on the subject of hemp (read marijuana) as an
acceptable drug, and his determination to win that
battle, leaves me with much concern that if released
it is unlikely that he would appear to face the
prospect of being returned to his home country. . . .
Id. at 4-6.