Brittney Griner's defense team appeals verdict sentencing her to 9 years on drug smuggling

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Brittney Griner's defense team appeals verdict sentencing her to 9 years on drug smuggling

From CNN by Zahra Ullah, CNN

Brittney Griner's legal team has filed an appeal against a Russian court's verdict sentencing the WNBA star to nine years in prison for smuggling drugs into Russia, Griner's lawyer told CNN on Monday, days after the Russian government confirmed for the first time discussions about a potential prisoner swap involving a convicted Russian arms deale

The US State Department maintains Griner is wrongfully detained, and her case has raised concerns she is being used as a political pawn in Russia's war against Ukraine. US officials have offered a potential prisoner swap to try to bring her home safely.

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