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Brittney Griner was found guilty of drug charges in a Russian court on Thursday. Shortly after being found guilty, she was sentenced to nine years in Russian prison. The prosecution was reportedly seeking nine and a half years.
Griner is being used as a political pawn. Now, with the sentencing, it forces the hand of President Joe Biden to do something sooner rather than later and get the American citizen out of Russian prison.
The American justice system is far from perfect, but this outrageous sentencing should put things into perspective for everyone, including LeBron James, about how unjust other justice systems around the world operate.
Immediately after the sentencing, Biden released a statement saying “Russia is wrongfully detaining” Griner.
The WNBA star was arrested on drug charges on February 17, 2022 after the Federal Security Service claimed she was carrying vape cartridges containing hash oil, an illegal substance in Russia.
Griner pleaded guilty to the drug charges on July 7. When pleading guilty, she explained she “packed in a hurry.”
BRITTNEY GRINER SAYS TRANSLATION ISSUES COMPLICATED HER ARREST IN RUSSIA, DOESN’T KNOW HOW CANNABIS GOT IN HER BAG
Griner took the stand in her own defense last week, testifying that translation issues complicated her arrest in the country back in February.
She testified that her rights were never explained to her when she was detained at a Moscow airport earlier this year. Griner also stated that Russian officials told her to sign documents without explaining what they said. She explained that she used a translation app on her phone to get a basic idea of what officials and papers said.
During an earlier court session, Griner’s defense team made the argument that she had used medical cannabis in the past to help with pain from injuries.
Medical marijuana is illegal in Russia.