Michael Douglas - Michael Douglas Attends Troubled Son's Appeal Hearing
Michael Douglas headed to a New York court on Wednesday (19Dec12) as lawyers for his incarcerated son appealed his lengthy prison sentence for drug charges.
Recovering addict Cameron Douglas was already serving a five-year sentence in 2011 when he was handed an additional four-and-a-half year term after he was caught with heroin and Suboxone, a prescription medication used to dull the effects of opioid withdrawal, in jail. He was also banned from receiving any family visits for two years.
The added time behind bars was blasted by Cameron's mum, Diandra, who branded the long punishment "harsh" and "unjust", and his legal team immediately filed an appeal.
Their case was heard in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals this week, and Cameron's lawyer, Paul Shechtman, argued the 54-month sentence was the longest ever imposed on an inmate for having drugs in prison, but added, "I'm not suggesting Cameron Douglas shouldn't be punished for this."
However, prosecutor Justin Anderson challenged the bid for a reduced sentence, insisting: "Cameron Douglas' conduct throughout the course of this case... showed nothing but an utter disrespect for the law."
A ruling has yet to be made after a panel of judges reserved decision, according to the New York Daily News.