Russian court rejects Brittney Griner’s appeal of 9-year sentence: report

A Russian court on Tuesday rejected Brittney Griner’s appeal after the WNBA star asked forgiveness for her “mistake,” affirming her nine-year sentence on drug charges.

Brittney Griner

Griner and her counsel had requested acquittal or, at the very least, a more compassionate punishment, which they claimed was disproportionate to the offense and inconsistent with Russian court tradition.

Russian court rejects Brittney Griner’s appeal of 9-year sentence: report

The presiding judge said the verdict was upheld “without changes” except for the counting of time served in pre-trial detention as part of the sentence. Griner is now expected to be moved to a penal colony.

Russian court rejects Brittney Griner’s appeal of 9-year sentence: report

Elizabeth Rood, the US charge d’affaires in Moscow, who witnessed the court, called the penalty “severe and disproportionate.”

source:nsemwokrom.com