Brittney Griner was found guilty this morning.
Brittney Griner was convicted guilty of narcotics smuggling by a Russian court.
The Moscow-area courthouse in Khimki still has its decision being read out by the presiding judge. It’s about time to look over all of the evidence and testimony that was presented in the case.
The 31-year-old Olympic gold winner was detained at a Moscow airport and charged by Russian prosecutors with attempting to smuggle less than one gram of cannabis oil in her luggage.
In court on Thursday, Griner claimed, “I never wanted to damage anyone, I never meant to put the Russian population at risk, I never planned to breach any laws here.” We all make mistakes. Please don’t let my life here be ended because of my honest error. “I know that everyone is talking about political pawns and politics, but I hope that this courtroom is distant from that.”
In her defense, she stated, “I had no intention of breaching any Russian laws.”
Last month, she entered a guilty plea to narcotics charges, which her attorneys said was an attempt to win mercy for her actions. According to defense attorney Maria Blagovolina, a partner at Rybalkin, Gortsunyan, Dyakin, and Partners, a prosecutor requested 9.5 years in prison for Griner in Thursday’s final statements.
During the trial, Blagovolina said that Griner had never taken marijuana in Russia and that she had no intention of doing so. The lawyer noted that she didn’t need to carry the vape cartridges to Russia.