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Prosecutors Want Nine Plus Years For Griner

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Russian prosecutors are asking a court outside Moscow to sentence American basketball star Brittney Griner to nine-and-a-half-years in prison.  Closing arguments in Griner’s cannabis possession trial were made Thursday, six months after Griner's arrest at a Moscow airport. Lawyers for the Phoenix Mercury center claim she had no criminal intent and only had the vape canisters due to hasty packing. They have presented character witnesses from the Russian team that she plays for in the WNBA off-season and written testimony from a doctor who said he prescribed her cannabis for pain treatment. Prosecutors claim that Griner packed the cannabis oil deliberately.


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