TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Pima County Justice Court judge has set
April 22 as the date to accept written arguments from attorneys on
whether Portland Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire is entitled
to a jury trial in Arizona on two misdemeanor drug charges.
Currently, the right to a trial for a misdemeanor varies from
courtroom to courtroom, based upon what individual judges decide. A
January decision by the Arizona Supreme Court threw out the test
that determines whether misdemeanor defendants may receive a jury trial.
Police at Tucson International Airport said Stoudamire, a former
University of Arizona star, tried to pass through a security
checkpoint on July 3, 2003, while carrying about 1.5 ounces of
marijuana wrapped in foil.
He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of
If convicted, Stoudamire faces up to three years' probation and a $2,500 fine.