City lawyer still reviewing facts of Anthony drug case

Friday, October 22nd 2004, 8:55 pm
By: News On 6

DENVER (AP) _ The city's attorney says he hasn't decided whether to drop a marijuana possession charge against Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony, even though a friend of the player says the drugs found in Anthony's backpack belonged to him.

City Attorney Cole Finegan says today they are still looking at the facts in the case.

Anthony, the former Syracuse University basketball star, received a summons on October 15th at Denver International Airport after a small amount of marijuana was found in his bag as the team prepared to travel to Milwaukee for an exhibition game.

Anthony's lawyer, Daniel Recht, said the marijuana belonged to James Cunningham of Saint Louis, who often stays with Anthony when he's in Denver on business. Cunningham has signed an affidavit saying the drugs belonged to him.

After the news of Anthony's citation broke yesterday, Recht met with Finegan and said he expected the case to be dropped.

Anthony said he did not use or intentionally possess marijuana. He said he regretted any embarrassment he had caused.