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  • Mark Petrillo
    Hey everyone... Jose was finally released from jail yesterday, when prosecutors dropped the charges alleging that he violated his probation by taking steroids.
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 26, 2003
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      Hey everyone...

      Jose was finally released from jail yesterday, when prosecutors dropped the
      charges alleging that he violated his probation by taking steroids. He
      will remain under house arrest until his probation ends in March of 2004 (I
      actually thought it was longer than that, but that's what the papers are
      saying).

      The latest news is below.

      -Mark


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      From Court TV.com:
      Canseco stays jailed while lawyers cram for steroid science
      By Harriet Ryan
      Tuesday, July 22, 2003

      (Court TV) -- Former All-Star slugger Jose Canseco will remain behind bars
      while his lawyers take more time to prepare a defense to the charge that he
      used steroids while serving house arrest for a nightclub assault, a Miami
      judge ruled Monday.

      While the beefy outfielder, handcuffed and wearing an orange prison
      jumpsuit and goatee, looked on quietly from the defense table, his lawyers
      told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Leonard Glick they needed more time to
      acquaint themselves with the science behind drug tests that detected the
      steroid Stanozol last month.

      "We have no idea what we're talking about on this side of the table," said
      lawyer Jose Quinon, who described his recent crash course in drug
      metabolisms as "a nightmare experience."

      After allowing brief testimony from a lab pathologist, Glick postponed
      further testimony until August 26.

      If the judge finds the former league MVP violated the terms of his house
      arrest by using a controlled substance, he could be sentenced to up to 15
      years in prison.

      Canseco pleaded guilty in November to aggravated battery in a one-sided
      fight with two conventioneers at a South Beach hotspot. He was originally
      sentenced to three years probation, but after missing a court appearance,
      Glick ordered him to serve two years under house arrest.

      In June, after a urine screening indicated steroid use, the judge threw
      Canseco in jail.

      Canseco's lawyers have acknowledged he used the performance-enhancing drugs
      in the past, but deny he was using them while under house arrest. In court
      Monday, they appeared to suggest the test may have detected drug use before
      his home confinement.

      Dr. James Shipe, the Virginia forensic pathologist who tested Canseco's
      urine, testified, however, that steroids injected in muscle tissue linger a
      maximum of eight weeks in the body.

      Canseco gained notoriety after his 2001 retirement by asserting that 85
      percent of pro baseball players relied on performance-enhancing drugs.

      Glick denied several requests by Quinon and co-counsel Jayne Weintraub to
      have Canseco freed on bail. The judge released Canseco for five days
      earlier this month to spend time with his 6-year-old daughter, Josie.

      Canseco's ex-wife, Jessica, was on hand Monday in hopes the judge would
      allow a similar furlough. Glick refused to do so, prompting Jessica Canseco
      to burst into tears.

      Canseco's twin brother, Ozzie, who was involved in the nightclub fight and
      entered a similar plea, also appeared in court Monday. He is likewise
      accused of violating the terms of his plea by using steroids. His hearing
      was postponed after his new lawyer asked Judge Glick to recuse himself from
      the case because of a past conflict.

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      From the AP:
      Canseco leaves jail after probation violation charge is dropped
      August 25, 2003

      MIAMI (AP) -- Jose Canseco was released from jail Monday after prosecutors
      dropped charges alleging the former baseball star violated his probation by
      taking steroids.

      Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hoague said the state could not determine
      when Canseco took the muscle-enhancing drug because of conflicting expert
      testimony on how long it would stay in his system.

      Canseco had been behind bars since June 20, when probation officials said
      he tested positive for steroids. He has denied any drug use while on
      probation.

      ``It was a very painful, stressful situation for my daughter, my family and
      myself,'' Canseco said Monday. ``It feels good to be out.''

      Canseco, 39, could have faced up to 15 years in state prison.

      The 1988 American League MVP has been on probation since November, when he
      pleaded guilty to aggravated battery for a 2001 nightclub fight with two
      tourists. His probation is scheduled to end in March 2004.

      Canseco spent 30 days in jail and was sentenced to house arrest earlier
      this year because he took a trip to California without court permission and
      didn't meet other probation terms. He says he made the trip because he
      wanted to reconcile with his ex-wife and 6-year-old daughter.

      Canseco helped lead the Oakland Athletics to three straight World Series
      appearances from 1988-90. Oakland won the 1989 series.

      He hit 462 home runs in his major league career, the 26th-best in history.
      He retired in May 2002 after 1,887 games with seven teams, finishing his
      career with a .266 batting average, 1,407 RBIs and 200 stolen bases.

      The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Canseco has admitted using steroids during his
      baseball career.

      Canseco's twin brother, Ozzie, who briefly played in the majors, was also
      sentenced to probation stemming from the nightclub scuffle in Miami Beach.

      ==========
      From the AP:
      Canseco leaves jail

      MIAMI (AP) - Jose Canseco left jail Monday after prosecutors dropped
      charges that the former baseball star violated his probation by taking
      steroids.

      Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hoague said the state could not determine
      if Canseco took steroids while on probation because of conflicting expert
      testimony on when he allegedly took the muscle-enhancing drug.

      Canseco, who had denied any drug use while on probation, shook the hand of
      his lawyer, Jayne Weintraub, after the state announced its decision.

      "It was a very painful, stressful situation for my daughter, my family and
      myself," Canseco said. "It feels good to be out."

      Canseco, 39, could have faced up to 15 years in state prison. He and his
      father, Jose Canseco Sr., criticized prosecutors for keeping him in jail
      for more than two months on charges which eventually were dropped.

      "That was unfair, unjust. That was uncalled for," Canseco Sr. said.

      The 1988 American League MVP has been on probation since November after
      pleading guilty to felony aggravated battery for a 2001 Miami Beach
      nightclub fight with two tourists. His probation is scheduled to end in
      March 2004.

      Canseco was arrested June 20 after state officials said he tested positive
      for steroids while on house arrest for an earlier probation violation. He
      will continue serving the terms of the house arrest and probation.

      Canseco spent 30 days in jail and sentenced to house arrest early this year
      because he took a trip to California without court permission and failed to
      meet other probation terms. He says he made the trip because he wants to
      reconcile with his ex-wife and 6-year-old daughter.

      "All he wants to do is see his daughter," Weintraub said.

      Canseco's attorneys had argued that it was unclear whether he took the
      steroids during his probation. Experts presented conflicting testimony on
      how long the steroids could stay in Canseco's system.

      Canseco helped lead the Oakland Athletics to three straight World Series
      appearances from 1988-90. Oakland won the 1989 series.

      He hit 462 home runs in his major league career, the 26th-best in history.
      He retired in May 2002 after 1,887 games with seven teams, finishing his
      career with a .266 batting average, 1,407 RBI and 200 stolen bases.

      The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Canseco has admitted using steroids during his
      baseball career and claimed that 85% of all other major leaguers have taken
      the muscle-enhancing drugs. He announced plans to reveal baseball's steroid
      secrets in a still-unpublished book.

      While confined to his house, Canseco charged people $2,500 each through his
      personal Web site to "Spend the Day with Jose." Autographed balls and
      posters also were for sale.

      Canseco's twin brother Ozzie, who briefly played in the majors, was also
      sentenced to probation stemming from the nightclub fight. He faces his own
      probation violation charge after he was arrested in May when a Charlotte
      County sheriff's deputy allegedly found illegal anabolic steroids in his
      vehicle during a traffic stop.
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