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Packers DE Joe Johnson Pleads Innocent

June 20, 2003

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) _ Green Bay Packers defensive end Joe Johnson has waived his right to an arraignment hearing and pleaded innocent to a marijuana possession charge.

Johnson’s attorney, Max Richardson, entered the plea with State Court Solicitor Bob Richbourg, who said the 10-year NFL veteran will have an opportunity to file motions and request a jury or bench trial on July 17.

Johnson was charged with marijuana possession after a deputy saw his car stopped in a highway turning lane May 22, authorities said. He posted a $1,625 cash bond and was released the same day.

Johnson signed with the Packers in March 2002 as a free agent after spending his first eight seasons with New Orleans. He played in five games last season after being injured in a game against the Chicago Bears.

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