Judge holds hearing in Miguel Cabrera case
An attorney representing Miguel Cabrera is concerned the Detroit
Tigers slugger will be unable to play in Canada if he is convicted
of driving under the influence.
Cabrera was arrested in central Florida in February and is
charged with DUI, one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer
without violence and a citation for open container of alcohol in a
Defense attorney Michael Kessler received permission Friday to
subpoena and take sworn statements from witnesses who reported
seeing the first baseman before he was arrested. Under Florida law,
depositions are not allowed in misdemeanor cases without a judge’s
approval, and then only in special cases.
The judge asked during Friday’s hearing what made the case more
important than any other DUI case and Kessler replied Cabrera
”can’t go into Canada with a DUI conviction without express
permission from Canadian officials. And they’re not going to give
that permission to the Tigers’ best ballplayer.”
Cabrera played in all four games when Detroit visited Toronto in
May, but the Tigers don’t have any more scheduled road games
against the Blue Jays this season.
The judge also scheduled a status hearing for Aug. 11.