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Steeler Santonio Holmes Arraigned on Misdemeanor Marijuana Charge

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By Javier Lavagnino, Esq. on April 29, 2009 9:01 PM

Superbowl MVP Santonio Holmes of the Pittsburgh Steelers got arraigned on a misdemeanor marijuana charge today, according to the AP. The star wide receiver's attorney, Robert DelGreco Jr., described the charge "as low as a grade a misdemeanor you can get" with a penalty of "up to 30 days probation and a $500 fine".

That may be so, but DelGreco and Holmes apparently don't plan on letting this case see the courtroom light. DelGreco said he'd be filing a suppression motion to challenge the traffic stop that lead to the discovery of three marijuana-filled cigars in Holmes' vehicle. A successful suppression motion in could very well leave prosecutors without any drug evidence to present to a jury should the case go to trial.

Holmes already got suspended by Coach Mike Tomlin for one game, and he's had other off-the-field problems too, although apparently none have resulted in criminal convictions. In May 2006 he got arrested for disorderly conduct in Miami, but the charges got dropped. Then a month later, he got charged with domestic violence in Ohio, but that case didn't go forward after "the mother of one of his three children declined to help prosecute the case and prosecutors were assured that Holmes received anger management and domestic violence counseling through the NFL."

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