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Robert Downey's Drug Trial Set to Begin

Aired January 29, 2001 - 4:12 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: A short time from now, Downey's hearing on drug charges gets under way. This case stems from the actor's Thanksgiving weekend arrest at a Palm Springs resort.

For a look at what's coming up in the hearing, we check in now with CNN's Paul Vercammen, who is in Indio, California -- Paul.

PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Joie, Robert Downey Jr. is expected to arrive within about the next 15 minutes, and he'll take a walk inside this superior courthouse, where his attorneys are expected today to ask for a continuance in this case. They want to look at some of the evidence. Also the prosecutor has told me that she has no problem with them asking for the continuance, and she'll go along with it.

We will, of course, have live coverage of this in just about 15 minutes -- Joie.

CHEN: Paul, why would they need to have a continuance here? Explain that to us.

VERCAMMEN: Here's what's going on: Downey's attorneys want to look over the drugs that were allegedly in his hotel room the night that he was arrested. There are also some other issues here. I believe that they are having some trouble with one of the witnesses in the case. And so they're just trying to buy more time to look over all of the this evidence.

CHEN: Paul Vercammen, reporting to us from Indio, California.

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