Johnny Jolly trial finally has a starting date

Is there a way for Johnny Jolly’s court case to be pushed back again? You know, just a little bit.

After a series of continuances, postponements, a dropping of charges, a refilling of charges and surely plenty of paper shuffling, the Green Bay Packers defensive lineman will face felony drug possession charges starting May 21 in Houston.

Jolly was arrested nearly two years ago on July 8, 2008, and charged with possession of at least 200 grams of codeine. If convicted, he could face up to a maximum of 20 years in prison in Harris County, Texas.

The Packers showed a belief in Jolly when they tendered the restricted free agent at the first-round level. The club has not commented on the legal matter. Jolly’s camp has maintained his innocence. Obviously, if convicted he’s got a real legal issue on his hands. With no prior record, it’s feasible he could avoid jail time but then there is the other arm of the law that he would have to be concerned with, the long arm of commissioner Roger Goodell, who could sanction Jolly under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Stay tuned. This thing will actually get going in about two months, well after the Packers would liked to have known the outcome of the trial.

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