Questions Abound After Brent’s Jail Release (page 9604)
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The weekend jail release of Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent is getting some double takes in the legal community.
Brent was jailed after failing a second drug test. A court order authorized his release on Sunday, and included a few new bond conditions.
Brent’s attorney went to a County Magistrate over the weekend asking that the $100,000 bond be reinstated, along with additional conditions that the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office evidently had agreed to.
Criminal Defense Attorney Ed Klein says getting a judge to sign such an order on a weekend is different. “I’ve never seen anything like this happen on a Sunday. I do understand that training camp is coming up and they [Dallas Cowboys] may need him out there.”
In addition to the requirements in place before Brent’s arrest on June 27, the 25-year-old Brent must now also those include wearing a patch that can detect drug use and under no conditions is Brent to drive.
Since bonding out on the initial charge, prosecutors have hauled Brent back before a judge several times, to answer allegations of drug and alcohol use. Before his arrest in June, prosecutors had alleged that the alcohol monitor Brent is required to wear, which tests for alcohol use every 30 minutes of every day, had shown irregular readings on several different occasions.
“The ankle monitors are designed solely for alcohol,” Klein explained. “The detection patches are designed for drugs and will pick up anything from opiates, to marijuana, to just about anything.”
Brent is accused in the Intoxication Manslaughter death of his teammate Jerry Brown Jr. on December 8, 2012. At the time of his arrest Brent’s blood-alcohol level was 0.189 — more than twice the legal limit.
“These new conditions of bond are designed to keep him away from driving, and from drugs,” Klein said. “I guess that, ya know, everybody gets second and third chances.”
Brent’s Intoxication manslaughter trial was scheduled to begin on September 23. No word if that date is still firm.
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