COURTNEY TRIAL IN 2005

Looks like the star will have to wait until next year...

Courtney Love’s trial on two felony charges of possessing painkillers illegally is expected to start next year, a judge said yesterday (November 3).

The singer, who wrapped up a short tour of California on Saturday, turned up early for her appearance in Beverly Hills. The two counts Courtney Love is facing stem from an incident in October of 2003 when Los Angeles police, responding to a disturbance call, found her in the middle of a residential street. She has already pled out a misdemeanour count of being under the influence of controlled substance, stemming from the same night and recently concluded another legal matter in New York.

During Wednesday’s brief court session, Courtney Love’s lawyers, Howard Weitzman, a former attorney for Michael Jackson, and Michael Rosenstein, were called to the bench, along with prosecutor Gina Satriano for a 20 minute long conversation with Judge Elden S Fox. Neither side disclosed what was discussed with the judge, but back on the record, the court continued the case’s pre-trial phase to December 14. Fox said it was unlikely it would be heard before a jury until next year.

The defence also gave the prosecutors a mystery video tape, the contents of which were not revealed.