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Bieber tests positive for pot, meds Teen star in double legal trouble

TORONTO/MIAMI BEACH, Jan 31, (Agencies): Teen pop star Justin Bieber, facing charges in the United States and Canada, had pot and anti-anxiety medication in his system when arrested in Florida last week but told police his mother “takes care” of his prescriptions, according to official reports released Thursday. Bieber was charged late on Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto and the Toronto Star newspaper reported Thursday that the driver in the alleged assault in December quit his job “in shock” following the incident. As his legal troubles mounted, camera crews and fans were camped outside a downtown Toronto hotel where they thought the 19-year-old Canadian was holed up. He made no appearances and his representatives declined to comment.

The doe-eyed “Boyfriend” singer has had a turbulent year with scuffles with paparazzi in London and a felony investigation into whether he pelted a neighbor’s house with eggs. The charges over the last week now put Bieber at risk of serving jail time. On Thursday, a report by the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney said Bieber had marijuana and prescription medication for anxiety in his system when he was arrested in Miami Beach. The preliminary report did not detail the amount of marijuana and alprazolam, better known as the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, that Bieber had in his system. Police have said he failed a field sobriety test after they had caught him allegedly drag racing on Jan. 23.

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Bieber has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving on an expired license. If convicted, he could face up to six months in jail, although a maximum penalty is unlikely because it would be his first offense. The singer, who is under the U.S. legal drinking age of 21, also had a minimal amount of alcohol in his system but had difficulty performing a breathalyzer test, police said in an affidavit. Bieber also said he did not know what kind of anxiety medication he’d taken as he did not know what he was prescribed. “Well, my mom takes care of all that stuff for me,” Bieber told police, according to the affidavit. In the field sobriety test report, police said that Bieber had the odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot eyes and a flushed face. His attitude was profane, insulting and cocky.
Bieber’s highest blood-alcohol content during the four tests administered was 0.014, below the 0.02 legal limit for those under 21 in Florida. The limit for drivers 21 and over is 0.08.

Police said Bieber “continuously forgot basic instructions,” and they believed he was purposefully not taking the test correctly. He performed the breathalyzer exam correctly only after police told him he would lose his license if he “refused” the test, according to the affidavit. When told he “reeked” of marijuana, Bieber said: “Yeah, we were smoking all night at the studio.” Meanwhile, Justin Bieber’s court cases on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border might not just lead to more scrutiny by judges and prosecutors, but could also complicate the pop star’s jet-setting ways. Legal experts said the decision by Toronto authorities to charge Bieber with assault on Wednesday makes the singer’s legal situation more complicated and difficult to untangle. He is already facing a driving under the influence case in Florida, and remains under investigation for felony vandalism in Los Angeles County.

Bieber’s cases are in the early stages and there are no guarantees that the Grammy-nominated singer will be convicted of any charges. But if he is, it will impact how judges view and sentence him, said Stanley L. Friedman, a former federal prosecutor who now practices criminal defense in Los Angeles. “I think the legal system is much more likely to treat him harshly as somebody who needs to be taught a lesson,” ‘’Now he’s become a national poster child for being a bad boy.” Andrew Flier, a criminal defense attorney who’s represented sports stars and actors, said immigration issues are likely Bieber’s biggest problem at this point. If the singer is convicted in one or both cases, he could receive additional scrutiny when traveling from his homeland, Canada to the United States, where Bieber currently lives. “Multiple convictions even on misdemeanors could be troublesome to the non-citizen,” Flier said.

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TORONTO:
Justin Bieber has run afoul of police in both Canada and the United States in just one week, but the teenage pop star has at least one defender who knows something about negative attention: fellow Canadian and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Ford, who has become a staple of late-night punch lines since he admitted in November that he had smoked crack cocaine while in a “drunken stupor”, defended Bieber on Thursday during an interview on a Washington, D.C., radio show called Sports Junkies. “Well, you know what, he’s a young guy,” said Ford, an avid football fan who is regular guest on the sports show. “At 19 years old, I wish I was as successful as he was. He’s 19 years old, guys. Think back to when you were 19.” Ford made the comment after one of the hosts call Bieber “Canada’s worst export.” Asked if he was a fan of Bieber’s music, Ford said his tastes leaned more toward classic rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and the Eagles. “I’m 45 years old, so there’s a big difference here,” he said.

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