Lawyer Says Cops Making Arrests in Phelps Case

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A defense lawyer in South Carolina says
police in the county where Michael Phelps was photographed smoking
from a marijuana pipe have been arresting people as they seek to
make a case against the superstar swimmer.
Attorney Joseph McCulloch (Mah-CUL'-uh) said Thursday morning
that he has a client who was charged with possession of marijuana
and questioned about the now-infamous party Phelps attended near
the University of South Carolina campus in November.
McCulloch did not name his client, who faces up to 30 days in
jail and a $200 fine if convicted on the pending charge. The lawyer
says his client used to be a renter at the house where the party
Phelps attended took place, but has since moved out of the city. He
says sheriff's deputies searched that new home in the past week.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by me Location: ky on Feb 14, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    does anyone really know what he was smoking could the police smell pot in the picture wow what a nose they would have and they say this is a free country
  • by paul Location: pikeville on Feb 14, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    It's none of their business what a man does in private. this world would be a better place to live if people would mind their own business.
  • by Scott Location: Lex on Feb 14, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    This is so stupid!!
  • by steve Location: irvine on Feb 13, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    Hey Cheech can you pass me the bong man oh dude that looks like Obama beside me pass me the cocaine man!Gees man Phelps is on the floor swimming again get up man.This is funny what a dufus.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Feb 13, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    Right on Zatoichi but I have another question. Why aren't law enforcement officials trying to find out when, where and with whom Obama used cocaine? Here's another thing; we all know Barry Bonds has used steroids but he's still walking around with his millions. We all know bank CEOs took the bailout money and gave bonuses and lavish trips when they were told not to, but they are still walking around. While I don't condone the use of marijuana, this is nothing more than a publicity stunt by a renegade law enforcement person and lawyers trying to make a name for themselves. Heck, look on youtube at all the drug use people post in their videos. Why not go after all of them? Watch the guy smoking "salvia" and ask why they don't go after him. Look up "salvia" and you'll see what I'm talking about. They pick the high profile people because the media won't print the story if it were an average Joe doing it. It's sensationalistic journalism that is making this a high profile story as well
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 13, 2009 at 02:34 AM
    What are you people thinking? This will not impact Phelps for very long. He has already cashed in big time on his career. This will give him the notoriety he needs to make it even bigger. I imagine Pee Diddly or Poof Doody (or whatever he calls himself now)will be contacting him shortly to produce a rap or hip hop cd. Do they make swim trunks that droop in the rear?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    What about all the celebrities that smoke pot on video all the time? I remember I was watching tv with my girlfriend, and some guy was flashing a bag of marijuana around. The cops pulled over, and started joking with him. No arrest, no fine. This prosecutor is trying to make his career by railroading michael phelps. The guy made a mistake, and now some idiot is trying to further his own agenda by sacrificing him. This makes me sick.
  • by Angela on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    Bill you hit the nail on the head! I just don't understand all the hype with this story..he made a stupid mistake that someone caught on a phone and it has been blown out of proportion! I mean didn't we have a President that admitted to doing the same thing? I'm sure there are plenty of upstanding citizens that do this things..why aren't they on here? Give the guy a break, he's been punished and humiliated enough. He was a "hero" a few months ago and now they are making him an example? I'm sure his mom has already put him thru the ringer, any mother would, so give it up already..and move on news channels!!
  • by Brenda Location: KY on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    A hick town cop trying to make a name for himself. They want the man that smoked it but not worried about the man that bought or sold it, or anyone else that smoked it?? Why? Because they are not as well known, just college kids, and will not help get his name in the paper. Go catch the real drug dealers, robbers, etc.
  • by Bill on Feb 12, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    You have to be kidding me.. This man made a terrible decision. The man shouldnt be crusafied for it. It done something that many people have done at one point or another. This is a minor thing in many peoples eyes. This police dept is trying to make a statement is all they are doing. This gives them the opportunity to get publicity is all. This department im sure has other investigations im sure they could be working than something to this magnitude. This really shows the real colors of the department. I am fully aware this was a crime committed and caught on film. What baffles me is, that the attention that Mr.Phelp's is recieving. The news has played it over and over. This man was smoking marijuana for crying out loud. He was not killing someone, this man should recieve praise for his achievements not his mistakes. Thats what kills me about this country or people in general. People want to stick their nose where it doesnt belong and worry about other people than thereself. Get real.
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