Brittney Griner appeals nine-year Russian prison sentence: What it means

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On Monday, Brittney Griner filed an appeal to her lengthy Russian prison sentence.

What good would that tactic do in a case not decided on the merits? The goal mirrors the strategy Griner’s team has employed throughout the case: speed up the timeline for her return. 

Russian law dictates that appeals must be filed within 10 days of any verdict. Griner’s attorneys used all of that time to file the appeal following her nine-year sentence to a Russian penal colony on drug charges on Aug. 4. The Phoenix Mercury star and two-time Olympic gold medalist has been detained in Russia for bringing vape cartridges with cannabis into the country since Feb. 17. 

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