TUCSON, Ariz.(AP) Diana Ross shouldn’t be required to serve time at the county jail here because unforeseen circumstances prevented the singer from serving a consecutive jail term in Connecticut, her lawyer says.
Lawyer James Nesci has asked Tucson City Court Magistrate T. Jay Cranshaw to rescind his order requiring Ross to serve time in Tucson.
Ross pleaded no contest last month to a drunken driving charge in Tucson in December 2002. She arranged to serve her 48-hour sentence in Greenwich, where she lives.
But based on an account from Greenwich police, Cranshaw found Ross failed to serve 24 consecutive hours as required by Arizona law.
Ross served 47 hours in the custody of Greenwich police over a three-day span, Cranshaw found.
Nesci, in a court document filed last week, claims Ross was unable to serve her time consecutively because of staffing problems at the jail.
A hearing is scheduled Thursday in Tucson City Court.