James demands a trial by jury

The case against Courtney James inched ahead yesterday, as the starting forward for the Gophers men’s basketball team had a hearing in Hennepin County District Court.
In the hearing, James pleaded not guilty once again to charges of 5th-degree assault of his girlfriend.
At the procedural hearing, James demanded a jury trial, as opposed to a trial in which a judge decides the case.
James also waived his right to a speedy trial. The judge set a July 28 date for the trial.
The hearing represented one point in the process at which the case could have been ended. At the hearing, the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to continue the trial.
James is being represented by two lawyers, Jerry Strauss and Marc Berris.
James was arrested April 12 after a domestic dispute involving his girlfriend. He is accused of hitting her in the face with a phone book, throwing her to the floor and covering her mouth and nose with his hand.
The charge, 5th-degree assault, is the least severe grade of assault charges.
The men’s athletics department suspended James from all team activities indefinitely, which is standard practice for all departmental procedures when an athlete is arrested.
— Tom Lopez