- Title: USA: Courtney Love likely to opt for drug treatment over jail cell
- Date: 22nd September 2005
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 16, 2005) (REUTERS) CAMERAS COVERING OUTDOORS PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER SENTENCING (SOUNDBITE) (English) COURTNEY LOVE'S ATTORNEY, HOWARD WEITZMAN, SAYING: "What I can say is that Courtney has been completely compliant and cooperative with the doctors treating her. She fully intends to make good on her promise to be clean and sober and I'm hoping she'll be able to do that. She goes to an in-patient facility. She's at one now, she'll continue there for a minimum of sixty days. It will probably be longer but that's up to the judge in sixty days." WIDE OF WEITZMAN AND CO-COUNSEL (SOUNDBITE) (English) WEITZMAN, ASKED WHETHER HE BELIEVES COURTNEY WILL COMPLETE REHABILIATION, SAYING: "You know that is up to Courtney. Courtney will make the difference. Either she'll do it or she won't. I hope she will. I had the same hopes last time and she relapsed, it's not unusual but nevertheless it's a relapse and hopefully she'll stay on track this time.
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- Story Text: Courtney Love was sentenced Friday (September 6) to 180 days in custody for violating probation in three criminal cases, but will be allowed to serve the time in a live-in drug treatment program instead of a jail cell.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rand S. Rubin told the singer-actress that he was "very pleased with your progress."
"I think this is an excellent first step on (the) road to recovery,'' Rubin said during a hearing that lasted less than five minutes.
But the judge, who had a lengthy meeting with attorneys in chambers beforehand, warned the 41-year-old celebrity that she will face periodic anti-narcotic testing and extended her probation to March 2007.
A progress report was set for Nov. 18.
"Courtney has been completely compliant and cooperative with the doctors treating her,'' attorney Howard Weitzman told reporters after the hearing.
Love "fully intends to make good on her promise to be clean and sober, and I'm hoping she'll be able to do that,'' her attorney said.
The judge gave Love credit for 28 days she has already spent in a drug rehab facility.
"Courtney will make the difference," Weitzman said. "Either she'll do it or she won't. I hope she will. I had the same hopes last time, and she relapsed."
Love was ordered to appear in court last month for violating her probation by being under the influence of a controlled substance. She admitted at the Aug. 19 hearing that she had violated her probation in the three cases, including two drug-related cases.
Deputy District Attorney Gina Satriano said outside court last month that the allegation involved "some sort of narcotic,'' but refused to specify what it was.
At last month's hearing, the judge said he was "very disappointed'' and had planned to send Love to jail before her attorneys convinced him she should enter a chemical dependency center.
"She's doing very well," Weitzman told reporters after today's hearing.
Love pleaded no contest Feb. 10 to a misdemeanor assault charge involving a run-in with another singer. Also on Feb. 10, she pleaded guilty in a case involving a forged prescription.
Love pleaded guilty in May 2004 in a separate case to a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of cocaine.
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