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Baylor WNBA Star Brittney Griner Has Russian Court Date Set

Griner began preliminary hearings for her case on Monday

Former Baylor Bears and current WNBA superstar Brittney Griner began preliminary proceedings for her court case in Moscow on Monday, with the trial set to officially begin on July 1.

Griner was detained by the Russian government on February 17, after allegedly being found to be in possession of illegal cannabis oil cartridges and arrested at a Moscow airport. 

She is now being charged with large-scale transportation of drugs. Griner now potentially faces a 10-year prison sentence in Russia if convicted. 

Cherelle Griner, Brittney's spouse, has expressed impatience in regards to the U.S. Government's unwillingness to act swiftly on Brittney's return.

"There is one person that can go get her, and that's our president," Griner told ESPN. "He has that power. You know, I'm just like, 'Why are we not using it? Like, urgently, use it.' We're expecting him to use his power to get it done."

Griner has been detained by the Russian government for over 100 days.

Efforts to bring Griner home continue with the latest progress involving U.S. government officials.

The Phoenix Mercury recently released a statement via Twitter to announce the House of Representatives had passed Congressman Greg Stanton's bipartisan resolution to push for her release after being detained in Russia earlier this year.

"Stanton and many others are continuing to work with the White House, State Department and Brittney's family to secure her safe return," the team tweeted.

Cherelle expressed her gratitude "for this overwhelming show of support from Congress ... We need to be doing all we can to keep Brittney's case on the forefront and finally put an end to this nightmare.''

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