A Los Angeles judge yesterday (July 22) refused to suspend the warrant he issued nearly two weeks ago for Courtney Love, denying her bid to return to California to face an assault charge without fear of being arrested, her lawyer said.
Defense attorney Michael Rosenstein said he would instead try to spirit the troubled artist back into the state and into an L.A. courthouse, where she can post bond and go before a judge before authorities can take her into custody.
He said Love has remained hospitalized since July 7, her 40th birthday, when she was carried handcuffed on a stretcher from her Manhattan apartment hours after being declared a fugitive from justice for failing to appear at a Los Angeles court hearing on an assault charge.
The judge in that case, Superior Court Commissioner Dennis Mulcahy, has rescheduled Love’s arraignment for this afternoon. But it was unclear whether she would appear.
Rosenstein said he had planned for his client to show up in court today, but because Mulcahy refused his request to hold the arrest warrant for 24 hours, “we’re going to do it on our time frame.”
“We’re trying to secret her into the jurisdiction so we can present her in front of the tribunal to post bond and get matters going, without arrest,” he told Reuters. He added that he now expected Love’s return “within the next few days.”
He also accused Mulcahy of “acting punitively” in refusing to spare Love the possibility of arrest, which he said would be difficult for her to avoid because of her celebrity status.
When she does return, Love must post bond of $150,000, nearly three times the bail that Mulcahy revoked when she missed her arraignment earlier this month.
The assault charge she faces stems from an altercation between Love and another woman in April at the Los Angeles home of Love’s ex-boyfriend and onetime manager.
Love still faces a drug possession case in Beverly Hills and a separate reckless endangerment case in connection with a New York nightclub incident.
Love initially was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Center for what Rosenstein described as an unspecified gynecological problem. The exact nature of her condition and treatment has not been revealed, but speculation in the media has ranged from a miscarriage to a psychological breakdown. Her civil attorney said in court last week that a legal guardian had been appointed for the singer.
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