Brittney Griner’s Lawyers Appeal Russian Prison Sentence

Griner’s attorney’s argue that the sentence was excessive and that in similar cases defendants have received an average sentence of about five years, with about a third of them granted parole.

Brittney Griner’s Lawyers Appeal Russian Prison Sentence

Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner have filed an appeal against her nine-year Russian prison sentence for drug possession, reports the Associated Press. Lawyer Maria Blagovolina and co-counsel Alexander Boykov said that the sentence was excessive and that in similar cases defendants have received an average sentence of about five years, with about a third of them granted parole. Griner’s defense team presented written statements that she had been prescribed cannabis to treat pain. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last month  the U.S. had made a “substantial proposal” to get Griner home, with news organizations later reporting that Washington has offered to free Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.