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Checking in with the law
Lewis agrees to conditions of release from jail
Posted: Friday February 18, 2000 10:36 PM
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reported to Maryland correctional officials Friday and signed off on the conditions of his release from a jail in Atlanta where he is charged with murder.
Lewis, who left a Georgia jail Tuesday on $1 million bond, is under indictment for the stabbing deaths of two men following a Super Bowl party in Atlanta.
Maryland's corrections department has agreed to monitor Lewis' compliance with the requirements of his release for Atlanta Judicial Circuit Pretrial Services Division.
The All-Pro linebacker spent 45 minutes in Baltimore Circuit Court on Friday, where he agreed to a number of conditions, including a curfew, travel restrictions, random home visits and drug testing. Lewis also agreed to submit a daily itinerary to corrections officials.
He was escorted by Baltimore Sheriff's deputies and went into the courthouse through an employees-only entrance.
Lewis' bond requires him to stay in Maryland unless he is traveling to Georgia for court appearances or to meet with his lawyers.
Lewis returned to Maryland Thursday, and made a brief statement proclaiming his innocence.
In Atlanta, defense lawyers requested a speedy trial, forcing prosecutors to prepare for a trial that would start by June.
"It's automatic," Lewis lawyer Don Samuel said of the motion. "If we file it and it's not tried by then, it's an acquittal."
With a quick trial, and an acquittal, Lewis could join the Ravens for the start of football training camp in late July with no restrictions.
Legal experts said the motion reflected the defense team's confidence in its case.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said he was considering asking a judge to revoke Lewis' bond. He thinks Lewis violated the terms of his bond by proclaiming his innocence at Thursday's news conference.
Samuel said a gag order imposed by the judge applies to lawyers.
"If that ever applies to a defendant, I'd be shocked," he said.