By FactsWow Team
Posted on: 02 Aug, 2022
As Brittney Griner's drug smuggling trial in Russia approaches completion, she is 'quite nervous.' CNN reports that the WNBA star is grateful for the support she has received, despite being 'stressed.'
In February, Griner was wrongfully detained in Russia and now faces up to 10 years in prison. The possibility of spending up to 10 years in a Russian prison has Brittney Griner 'quite nervous' about the outcome of her drug smuggling trial.
Maria Blagovolina, Griner's Russian attorney, spoke with CNN about Griner's mental state as her trial draws to a close and she faces possible conviction and sentencing.
'She's obviously stressed,' Blagovolina said. While she knows that the trial is coming to an end, she appreciates all the support she is receiving.'
Griner has been on the minds of many stateside, especially in the WNBA. All 22 players wore the Phoenix Mercury center's name and number during last month's WNBA All-Star Game.
Besides being named an honorary All-Star, Griner's arrest is 'hard for all of us,' according to those in attendance in Chicago.
The name of her has reverberated throughout the greater sports world, as well. During last month's ESPY Awards, Steph Curry, Megan Rapinoe, and Skylar Diggins-Smith called for Griner's release.
LeBron James urged the US government to do everything possible to bring home the two-time Olympic gold medalist.
In response to the public outcry on Griner's behalf, the Biden administration appears to have acted. In exchange for Griner's and ex-Marine Paul Whelan's return to the US, the White House offered to release a convicted arms trafficker from US prison.
Griner is now in his seventh month in Russian custody, but the two global superpowers still appear to be far from a deal. It was not disclosed to CNN that Griner's legal team was involved in negotiations for a possible prisoner exchange.
She was first arrested on February 17 after customs agents at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport allegedly found vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage.
The defense team of Griner is instead seeking a lenient sentence from the court. Lawyers for the 31-year-old claim she accidentally brought marijuana products to Russia. They claim she forgot to remove them from her luggage while packing in a hurry.
According to Griner's team, she uses cannabis stateside for medicinal purposes instead of recreationally, citing a prescription from an Arizona doctor for medical marijuana. According to Insider, Russia is unlikely to show Griner any mercy, but Blagovolina insisted to CNN that the defense is confident.
Blagovolina said the court is receptive. 'The court listens. It has already accepted most of our evidence, so procedures seem to be going as planned.'According to Griner's representatives in Russia, she will be sentenced in August. This week, she will appear in court again.
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