A Beverly Hills, Calif., judge today (July 29) took control of two of three criminal cases pending against rocker Courtney Love, while her lawyer said the troubled star was trying to work out a plea d

A Beverly Hills, Calif., judge today (July 29) took control of two of three criminal cases pending against rocker Courtney Love, while her lawyer said the troubled star was trying to work out a plea deal to reduce drug possession charges.

Earlier in the week, Love, 40, was sentenced to 18 months of mandatory drug treatment for being under the influence of cocaine.

She still faces trial in Beverly Hills on felony charges of possessing prescription painkillers. Today, the judge hearing that case also took charge of a separate case in which she is accused of assaulting a woman.

Love has also been charged in New York with reckless endangerment in connection with throwing a microphone stand into the audience during a nightclub appearance.

Her lawyer, Michael Rosenstein, told reporters that he was trying to work out a deal with prosecutors in which the felony drug possession charges against Love would be reduced to a misdemeanor offense to which she would plead guilty.

He said this would allow her to serve her sentence on that charge without going to jail by undergoing court-ordered drug treatment.


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