Courtney Love Tested Positive For Cocaine, Prosecutor Says

Trial for being under the influence adjourned until May 25.

There wasn't much action inside the courtroom at Courtney Love's trial on Monday, but the prosecutor in the case made waves once he was outside the confines of Los Angeles Superior Court.

Assistant City Attorney Jerry Baik told reporters that Love had tested positive for cocaine and other illegal drugs, which were not identified, according to a spokesperson for the city attorney's office.

Love's trial for being under the influence of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct (see "Courtney Love Hit With Disorderly Conduct Charge") was scheduled to start Monday, but Judge Patricia M. Schnegg adjourned the case until May 25 at the defense's request. Love was not present in court.

If convicted on both misdemeanor charges, which stem from an October incident in which Love attempted to break into the home of her former manager and boyfriend, she faces up to a year and a half in jail.

"This case is way too old," Schnegg said before reluctantly granting the postponement, according to the Associated Press. "This is an October case. ... It's now May. No more delays."

At the time of her arrest, police gave Love a toxicological test to check for the presence of controlled substances in her system. The initial complaint stated that Love was found to be "under the influence of a narcotic drug classified as an opiate" or "cocaine." According to the prosecutor's statement to the press, it can be deduced that at least two drugs, one being cocaine, were found in Love's system.

"It's unfortunate that the district attorney doesn't have anything better to do than to reveal people's private matters," Love's attorney Michael Rosenstein said.

When the case was scheduled for trial last month, Rosenstein asked for an adjournment so that the urine sample police collected could be analyzed independently. The request for continuance this time, however, was because Rosenstein was in trial for another case. He was not present at Love's hearing Monday and had colleague Mark McBride appear for him.

Love also faces two felony charges for possession of controlled substances for handing over a bag of the prescription drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone (see "Love Pleads Not Guilty To Felony Drug Charges, Asks For Rehab"). If convicted on those charges, her prison sentence could last up to three years and eight months.

The felony and misdemeanor cases will be tried separately.