Thursday, January 01, 2009

WINEHOUSE ORDERED TO NORWEGIAN COURT

Troubled Amy Winehouse has been ordered to appear in a Norwegian court on Jan. 12th in her appeal against a fine in a drugs possession case, a police prosecutor said yesterday. Winehouse and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were arrested in the western city of Bergen in October 2007 during a concert stop on charges of possessing 7 grams of marijuana. They were held overnight and released after paying fines of $415.00 each. The star later appealed the fine, claiming Norwegian police made mistakes in the case. An initial trial date in March 2008 was postponed at the request of her attorney. Police prosecutor Rudolf Christoffersen says the singer and her husband had been informed of the date by British police and will probably have to appear in person in the Bergen appeals court."She is the one who appealed, so that makes it her appeal," Christoffersen told The Associated Press by telephone. "Often, if you don't appear at your own appeal hearing, then the court will dismiss the appeal."Winehouse's Norwegian attorney, Ole Kvelstad, has said that payment of the fine amounted to a guilty plea, which he said could have serious consequences if she sought to enter the United States. Winehouse was denied a U.S. visa this year when she wanted to perform at the Grammy awards ceremony.

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