Don Gellers

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Members of the Passamaquoddy tribe say they are grateful to Gov. Janet Mills for her posthumous pardon of former tribal attorney Don Gellers, who was convicted of felony possession of six marijuana cigarettes 50 years ago. 

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

A former Maine attorney for the Passamaquoddy tribe — allegedly framed by police and later convicted of felony possession of six marijuana cigarettes more than 50 years ago — has received a posthumous pardon from Gov. Janet Mills.

He was an attorney for the Passamaquoddy Tribe whose fierce advocacy got him into so much trouble that he chose to leave the country rather than serve a four-year prison sentence more than 50 years ago.