In Marijuana Case
The lawyer for the British pop singer Amy Winehouse said yesterday that she will appeal her fine last month for marijuana possession in Norway because she did not understand that under Norwegian law, accepting a fine amounts to pleading guilty, The Associated Press reported. The lawyer, Ole Kvelstad, contended that she had been questioned without legal representation or an interpreter and had not understood the Norwegian-language charges she signed. He said that pleading guilty in a drug case could have serious consequences when Ms. Winehouse, who has spoken openly about her taste for marijuana and alcohol, seeks to enter the United States. Police Attorney Rudolf Christoffersen of Bergen said she was questioned by an English-speaking officer, who translated the charges and explained the consequences of accepting the fine. Ms. Winehouse and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were arrested in Bergen on Oct. 18 and held overnight on charges of illegal drug possession. They were released the next morning after paying fines of $715 each for possessing a quarter-ounce of marijuana.