Brittney Griner could be held in Russia for a year or more?


Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia for a month, and it does not sound like the WNBA star’s legal situation is anywhere close to being resolved.

Russian state news agency Tass said Thursday that a court near Moscow extended Griner’s detention until May 19, according to the Associated Press. Griner was detained at a Moscow airport on Feb. 17 after authorities allegedly found vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. She is said to be facing up to 10 years in prison.

Thursday’s decision extends the amount of time Griner can be detained until she stands trial. ESPN’s T.J. Quinn says he was told by a former Department of Justice legal adviser to the U.S. embassy in Moscow that Griner could be held for up to a year before her trial. The pre-trial detention period can be extended to 18 months under extraordinary circumstances.


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