Judge to hear from lawyers in April
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Pima County Justice Court judge has set April 22 as the date to accept written arguments from attorneys on whether Portland Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire is entitled to a jury trial in Arizona on two misdemeanor drug charges.
Currently, the right to a trial for a misdemeanor varies from courtroom to courtroom, based upon what individual judges decide. A January decision by the Arizona Supreme Court threw out the test that determines whether misdemeanor defendants may receive a jury trial.
Police at Tucson International Airport said Stoudamire, a former University of Arizona star, tried to pass through a security checkpoint on July 3, 2003, while carrying about 1.5 ounces of marijuana wrapped in foil.
He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
If convicted, Stoudamire faces up to three years' probation and a $2,500 fine.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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