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Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has, naturally, pleaded not guilty to a charge of illegal drug possession in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.
He is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance- codeine syrup.
Authorities have said he did not have a prescription for the drug and that he was arrested July 5 at his home as part of a two-month undercover investigation.
"He's upbeat," Russell's attorney, Donald Briskman said before the appearance in court. "He's looking forward to his day in court and getting this behind him. We fully expect he will be exonerated from these charges. That's exactly how I feel. I've had an opportunity within the last week to get some additional information which bolsters my feeling that he's ultimately going to be acquitted."
A hearing in his case was set for August 11th by Mobile District Court judge Charles McKnight.
Here's video of JaMarcus in the courtroom from this morning...
He's walking into, sitting in, and walking out of the courtroom...