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Griner Heads Back To Court

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American basketball star Brittney Griner is due back in a Russian court today to resume her trial following her guilty plea to drug possession charges. The U.S. government is under pressure to do more to secure her freedom, and some feel the guilty plea could be an effort to expedite the court proceedings so negotiations can move forward. A senior Russian diplomat said no action could be taken by Moscow until the trial was over. The Phoenix Mercury center and WNBA all-star was detained at a Moscow’s airport in February while returning to play basketball in Russia. Police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. Griner faces charges that could bring a sentence of up to ten years in prison. Griner said she had no intention of committing a crime and had acted unintentionally because she packed for Moscow in a hurry.


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