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Thu Jul 7, 2022, 10:37 AM Jul 2022

Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drug charges in Russian court [View all]

Source: CNN

(CNN) Two-time US Olympic basketball gold medalist Brittney Griner has pleaded guilty to drug charges in a Russian court near Moscow, her lawyers confirmed to CNN on Thursday. Griner, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison under the charge. She left the courtroom without giving any comment to reporters, and her next hearing is set for July 14.

Griner was arrested in February at a Moscow airport after Russian officials say they found cannabis oil in her luggage. The basketball star, who plays in Russia during the WNBA's offseason, has been held since then on drug smuggling charges punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Her trial began last week.

The US State Department has classified Griner as wrongfully detained, and her supporters have called for her release over fears that she is being used as a political pawn amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Griner's plea came on the second day of her trial, which began last week, when a prosecutor accused her of smuggling less than a gram of cannabis oil in her luggage.

According to state media agency TASS, prosecutors argue Griner intended to import the drugs into Russia's territory and put the prohibited substances into a backpack and a suitcase. On Wednesday, the White House announced President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone with Griner's wife, Cherelle Griner. Cherelle Griner was "grateful" for the call from Biden and Harris, she said in a statement Wednesday.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/07/europe/brittney-griner-russia-pleads-guilty/index.html

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For some marijuana vape cartridges? purr-rat beauty Jul 2022 #1
Dictatorial countries around the world don't play when it comes to what they bill as "illicit drugs" BumRushDaShow Jul 2022 #3
And even some that are kind of "nice" bhikkhu Jul 2022 #22
I know growing up BumRushDaShow Jul 2022 #24
"For some marijuana vape cartridges?" - The sad thing is... PoliticAverse Jul 2022 #11
empty Slammer Jul 2022 #41
According to reports it was 0.7 grams of oil... PoliticAverse Jul 2022 #47
In no state would she be put in a cage too small to straighten her legs. Sparky 1 Jul 2022 #49
They were probably planted Jilly_in_VA Jul 2022 #2
If they were planted, she'd never plead guilty. jimfields33 Jul 2022 #5
Of course she would obamanut2012 Jul 2022 #6
So instead of 10 years, she'll get 5 years? jimfields33 Jul 2022 #7
Then she would have been given 20 years of hard labor obamanut2012 Jul 2022 #12
You can't really fight in Russian courts. That's the problem. It's not like the USA. . . nt Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2022 #18
Exactly obamanut2012 Jul 2022 #25
a good many defense lawyers would advise you strongly against such a course stopdiggin Jul 2022 #50
5 years Sgent Jul 2022 #51
I'm not so sure. maxsolomon Jul 2022 #8
She probably put them in her luggage like she said she did. n/t PoliticAverse Jul 2022 #10
I think the problem is their conflating CDB to THC & marijuana (as a purposeful decision) BumRushDaShow Jul 2022 #15
She admitted she brought them. LisaL Jul 2022 #42
She is a political prisoner just as certainly as Poot poisons and defenestrates his rivals Thomas Hurt Jul 2022 #4
"I was in a rush packing and the cartridges accidentally ended up in my bags." PoliticAverse Jul 2022 #9
My mom accidentally left three cartridges in her small carry-on bag obamanut2012 Jul 2022 #13
"She still does get pulled aside and searched almost every time now" PoliticAverse Jul 2022 #14
hahaha she did obamanut2012 Jul 2022 #27
I'm not sure of that, either 867-5309. Jul 2022 #20
We'll see what she says after she is free and back in the US. n/t PoliticAverse Jul 2022 #23
Do they have a distinction Mr. Evil Jul 2022 #16
She has been playing basketball in Russia for the past SEVEN YEARS with no problems.... FM123 Jul 2022 #17
I have no doubt those were hers. People accidentally leave stuff in their bags all the time Dopers_Greed Jul 2022 #19
You never know what accidentally makes it into bags... PoliticAverse Jul 2022 #28
People leave their kids in their car NJCher Jul 2022 #32
I hate to hear this Marthe48 Jul 2022 #21
Considering what's happened to other Americans arrested in Russia... PoliticAverse Jul 2022 #30
Something y'all may not know Jilly_in_VA Jul 2022 #26
Please provide evidence for that claim. n/t PoliticAverse Jul 2022 #29
I don't recall where I read it now Jilly_in_VA Jul 2022 #31
If she were in America, she would have been shot by police 60 times. Mawspam2 Jul 2022 #33
10 years for cannabis oil. barbtries Jul 2022 #34
Sorry you lost your daughter Marthe48 Jul 2022 #36
thank you. barbtries Jul 2022 #37
I'm sorry. Elessar Zappa Jul 2022 #38
thank you barbtries Jul 2022 #39
I'm so sorry mvd Jul 2022 #40
Supposedly this will accelerate any possibility for her being eligible for release or trade. mackdaddy Jul 2022 #35
U.S. Secretary Of State Reacts To Brittney Griner Decision Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jul 2022 #43
I believe she was coerced blue-wave Jul 2022 #44
Moscow wants Viktor Bout. It's been mentioned before. n/t discntnt_irny_srcsm Jul 2022 #45
Yup BumRushDaShow Jul 2022 #46
20 sounds right. discntnt_irny_srcsm Jul 2022 #48
I found last week's video this morning. discntnt_irny_srcsm Jul 2022 #52
I just found who I apparently saw mentioned who had been sentenced to 20 years BumRushDaShow Jul 2022 #53
And a famous sports star gets special treatment ripcord Jul 2022 #54
Griner's support group MADE this into a headline stopdiggin Jul 2022 #55
Paul Whelan has been in a labor camp for over 3 years ripcord Jul 2022 #56
there's a line? like a queue? stopdiggin Jul 2022 #58
No line just Griner is getting special treatment ripcord Jul 2022 #59
because her SUPPORT group raised a big fat stink stopdiggin Jul 2022 #60
So Whelan's family should make a huge stink, I'm sure they could get the republicans behind them ripcord Jul 2022 #61
And Trevor Reed is feeding you stopdiggin Jul 2022 #62
So Whelan can just keep going in the work camp while Griner complains about being locked in a cell? ripcord Jul 2022 #63
"so it can be done, if the administration really wants to" stopdiggin Jul 2022 #64
So they could get Reed out ripcord Jul 2022 #65
Even just Mexico I just had My ID and a credit card and Passport. alphafemale Jul 2022 #57
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