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Courtney Love’s trial date delayed after lawyer change

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A trial date for one of Courtney Love’s two criminal cases was delayed after she told the judge she dismissed her lawyer because he wanted her to plead guilty.

Love’s new attorney, Michael H. Rosenstein, said he needed time to familiarize himself with the case in which Love is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance. Judge Patricia Schnegg rescheduled the trial for March 8.

The 39-year-old singer-actress told the judge Monday she dismissed attorney William Genego because “he wanted me to plead guilty to something I didn’t do.”

Genego denied on Tuesday that he’d been dismissed by Love but declined to say why he left the case.

Love was charged with the misdemeanor after police officers said they discovered her trying to smash the windows of a former boyfriend’s house.

After being released on bond, she returned to her Beverly Hills home but later was taken by ambulance to a treatment center for an overdose.

During that incident, police said they discovered the painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone, and Love was charged with two felony counts of illegal possession of controlled substances. She awaits a March 16 preliminary hearing in that case.

Love has pleaded innocent to all charges.