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Bodden To Go To Trial

                                   Cleveland Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden 

Cleveland Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden has a court date this morning on charges stemming from an incident that took place at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport; it is scheduled to take place in Cleveland Municipal Court.  To recap specifically what happened, on September 5, 2007, Bodden was picking up his girlfriend and their two children when he was spotted driving a 2004 GMC Yukon the wrong way on the lower road for arriving flights.

Bodden didn’t immediately respond to an officer’s order to stop, but when he did park, the officer ordered him to move his vehicle.  When confronted, according to Lt. Thomas Stacho, Bodden became “extremely verbally abusive.”  According to Bodden’s attorney, Angelo Lonardo, he said that Bodden never identified himself as a Browns player; witnesses to the incident said that Boden was pinned to a wall while officers handcuffed him.

Bodden pleaded not guilty to charges of misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest; he was also cited for 3 traffic offenses.  If convicted, Bodden would face a maximum of 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine; he could also face discipline from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.  Among the witnesses expected to testify in the court case today are two for the defense who are flying in from California and Arizona – which could extend the court proceedings to a second day. 

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