From iNews 880:
Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will face a jury trial after all.
The lawyer for the 37-year-old was in an Arizona courtroom today attempting to have his client’s impaired driving charges dropped. Mark DuBiel argued that Khabibulin shouldn’t have had to undergo a field sobriety test because he had recently undergone back surgery.
DuBiel says his client’s constitutional rights were violated and it would have been hard for him to pass the tests even if he was sober. The motion to suppress was denied though.
Khabibulin was pulled over for going 70 mph in a 45 zone in February. He’s charged with DUI, DUI with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more and exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 mph.
The trial is slated to begin on July 7th.
I can honestly say I’m happy that this is the case. Not because I’m pissed off about Khabibulin’s contract. If Hemsky did the same, or someone else that I’d like, I’d want the case done properly. I don’t like seeing anyone get away with something like this.
That said, anyone know the law on travel to the US if Khabibulin is found guilty? I know Arizona is pretty strict on their DUIs, so he may face a misdemeanor charge. But I’m not sure if that is big enough to keep him from leaving Canada… any of you junior, wannabe lawyers know?