Courtney seeks plea deal on possession case. She hopes her current court-ordered rehab will be enough for Beverly Hills case, and she gets her assault case moved to the same courtroom

By Gary Susman
Updated July 30, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Courtney Love is going to be seeing a lot of Beverly Hills Judge Elden S. Fox over the next few months. Not only is she trying to work out a plea deal on her drug possession charges, a case that will otherwise come to trial in Fox’s courtroom, but she is also facing a change of venue for her pending assault case in Los Angeles; Judge Fox will oversee that case now as well.

Love’s attorney, Michael Rosenstein, told Reuters he was talking to prosecutors about a plea deal that would have the rocker plead guilty to a lesser charge than the two felony drug charges she faces (she’s accused of possessing painkillers without a prescription, an accusation she has denied) in return for a sentence that would keep her out of jail. Earlier this week, in a Los Angeles drug case, in which Love had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of cocaine, she was sentenced to attend a rehab program and weekly counseling sessions and to stay out of establishments serving alcohol, for a probationary period of 18 months. The incidents behind both cases occurred on the same day last October; now, if both sides agree to a deal, Love’s sentence of court-ordered rehab may cover both cases as well.

Judge Fox also asked to have Love’s assault case transferred to his courtroom, with Love’s approval. She’ll be arraigned Aug. 16 on that charge — she’s denied the accusation that she attacked a woman with a flashlight and a bottle in April — and face a pre-trial hearing in the possession case the same day. If no plea deal is reached in the drug case, that trial could begin as soon as 30 days later, and Love could face up to three years and eight months in prison on the drug charges.