Rehab for Downey
The American actor, Robert Downey Jr., has been sentenced to three years probation by a California judge after pleading no contest to drugs charges. He was arrested for drug possession last November. He was also arrested in April this year in Los Angeles and found to have taken cocaine but that charge was dismissed as a parole violation at the time.
American actor Robert Downey Jr. has been sentenced to three years probation for charges of drug possession. Appearing before a California court, the 36-year-old pleaded no contest to the drug charges. They included one count of cocaine possession and another of being under the influence.
Judge Randall White: Do you understand all of the consequences of your plea?
Robert Downey Jr.: Yes, I do.
Judge Randall White: Do you understand the maximum possible consequence to be four years in state prison?
Robert Downey Jr.: Four years, Your Honor, yes.
Judge Randall White: Do you understand that if you are granted the Prop. 36 program and you are allowed to go into probation that if you violate any terms and conditions of that probation that you may be sentenced to state prison for up to the maximum term?
Robert Downey Jr.: I’m well aware, Your Honor.
Judge Randall White: And knowing that, you wish to plead guilty?
Robert Downey Jr.: No contest, Your Honor.
Judge Randall White: No contest?
Robert Downey Jr.: Yes, please.
Judge Randall White: Alright.
The no contest plea is treated as a guilty plea under the California law but the defendant does not admit blame. The law under which Mr. Downey Jr. has been sentenced allows non-violent drug offenders to qualify for drug treatment instead of jail time. They can be jailed if they are recharged with drug offenses or if they fail to cooperate in rehabilitation programs.
The actor has a lengthy list of performing credits. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1992 for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in the movie Chaplin and recently won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in the American show Ally McBeal. His parole officers say he is not ready to return to work and no timetable has been set for his return to the screen.
Kim Camberg, BBC News.
rehab: n. 戒毒所
parole: n. 假释
timetable: n. 时间表
random: a. 任意的，随便的