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CNN Evening News for Sunday, Jul 15, 2001
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(Studio: Stephen Frazier) Report introduced.

(San Francisco: Rusty Dornin) The upcoming trial of actor Robert Downey, Junior, on charges of cocaine possession reported; details given of a new California law that could get Downey sentenced to treatment instead of jail. [In 1998, Drug Policy Foundation Glenn BACKE - defends sentencing nonviolent drug offenders to treatment.] [Alameda County, California, Judge Peggy HORA - announces charges; explains fears about the new law.] [Treatment program advisor Priya HAJIC - says she does not know what the costs will be.]

Dornin, Rusty;
Frazier, Stephen

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