Stephen M. Silverman
July 30, 2004 08:00 AM

Two days after being ordered into drug treatment on an misdemeanor charge, Courtney Love returned to court Thursday as her lawyer sought a plea bargain to settle another of the four criminal counts against her.

Defense attorney Michael Rosenstein told reporters he was trying to work out a deal with prosecutors to dismiss two felony counts of illegally possessing prescription painkillers in exchange for Love’s guilty plea to a lesser charge that would keep her out of jail, reports Reuters.

Thursday’s court visit before Judge Elden S. Fox stemmed from a felony assault case against the rocker, who is accused of attacking a 32-year-old woman with a liquor bottle in the home of Love’s former boyfriend and ex-manager, Jim Barber.

The jurist set an Aug. 16 arraignment on that charge and pretrial motions in the drug possession case.

Love, 40, was unusually calm in court, reports the Associated Press.

Asked if she understood that a trial in the remaining drug case could be scheduled to begin 30 days from the August hearing, Love replied, “That’s fine.” Also asked if she agreed to transfer the case from Los Angeles to Beverly Hills, she said: “I guess so, yeah.”

Rosenstein, however, said he hoped he could reach a plea deal by then because the mandatory 18-month drug treatment program ordered by a Los Angeles judge this week might fulfill Love’s sentence for the Beverly Hills drug possession case.

Love, 40, also faces charges of reckless endangerment in New York, where she is accused of throwing a microphone stand into the audience during a nightclub performance.

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