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CSI's Gary Dourdan avoids jail time

by Allison Waldman, posted May 29th 2008 8:03AM
Gary DourdanOn Monday, April 28, CSI star Gary Dourdan was arrested in Palm Springs, California. He was asleep in his car and when a police officer approached, he found Dourdan disoriented. The actor was arrested after the cop found cocaine, heroin, Ecstacy, miscellaneous prescription drugs and paraphernalia in the car. Despite pleading guilty to drug possession today, Dourdan will not have to do any jail time. In fact, in the deal his lawyer struck with prosecutors, Gary will get treatment for his drug problems. Basically, he lucked out.

"Once Gary completes 30 hours of a diversion program, his case will be entirely dismissed," said his lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, in a statement to The Associated Press. Dourdan won't have to do any time in a drug rehab facility or behind bars, so all things considered, he's very, very fortunate. He could have faced up to three years or more in jail .

Gary has already departed CSI, and in the season finale, his character was seemingly killed in a point blank shooting. However, when Jorja Fox returns for the fall premiere, Dourdan is reportedly in the show. And not as a ghost. So, now that he won't be doing time, he'll have time to film scenes for CSI and, presumably, wrap up the unfinished business of the CSI crew exposing the corrupt under sheriff.

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kimberly mohar

im really glad for you gary, like i said bad things happen to good people, and you are good people, im glad you are getting the help you need,, kimberly jane mohar

June 13 2008 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People in prison should sue for not getting equal treatment. I think they have a case. People are in jail for the same crime.

May 31 2008 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If he was white, and poor, he be gone!

May 31 2008 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's great to be famous, and black in America.

May 31 2008 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

now,the status is real,no doubt. So,"do what you may".


May 31 2008 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a big hot pile of stinking donkey shit! I'm sick and tired of the system only working for you if you got cash or celebrity status. I say throw his ass in the pokey for at least a year and then 6 months in therapy thrown in. They would have thrown the book at any of us poor-ass common folk. BS!

May 29 2008 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan Chichian

Fortunate? More like famous and wealthy.
In a some states just being in the car would have nabbed him DUI as the assumption is he could have put the car in gear at any time.

Did the prosecutor get a cut of the drugs?

May 29 2008 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Time in a drug rehab facility would have been appropriate.

May 29 2008 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe Fox also just burned out doing the show for seven years and more money would've been more like smart money.

Anyway, it's good to see that the first strike can be just that - a sign that somebody desperately needs help and then he gets it. I hope he has some kind of a support system to get back up on his feet like Owen Wilson.

May 29 2008 at 9:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kiefer must have requested jail time, nay demanded it in order to get locked up.

There must be a record of people who were convicted sentenced and are doing hard time based on lesser evidence.

May 29 2008 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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