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Art Garfunkel To Fight Marijuana Charge

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Art Garfunkel is apparently contesting a marijuana possession charge he
faces in upstate New York. Settling the matter yesterday (Jan. 28) in
Hurley, N.Y., could have been as easy as paying a $100 fine, but instead a
judge set a Feb. 11 hearing after Garfunkel's attorney Michael Federoff
appeared in court.

Federoff declined to discuss the case and a call to a publicist for
Garfunkel was not immediately returned.

Garfunkel, 62, of Manhattan, was charged with marijuana possession Jan. 17
after state police stopped his limousine for speeding in Hurley, 55 miles
southwest of Albany.

Police said a trooper smelled marijuana when he approached the limo and
found 6 grams of marijuana in Garfunkel's jacket pocket. Garfunkel faces up
to a $100 fine, unless he has had a criminal conviction in the past three
years. Authorities won't say whether he has a prior record.

Garfunkel recently completed a U.S. concert tour with Paul Simon, their
first in 20 years. Asp reviously reported, Simon and Garfunkel have
tentative plans to launch
a summer leg of the tour.

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