Douglas — who had his five-year drug sentence extended in 2011 after he was caught with drugs in prison — was caught with marijuana in his system in April, court papers show. According to a recently released transcript of a Manhattan federal court hearing, Douglas’ probation officers told Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman that Douglas reported to their office for random drug testing April 10 when a lab tech accused the son of Michael and Diandra Douglas of “attempting to manipulate the results.”
More testing was done and a third test came back positive for marijuana, the probation office said.
The probation officers were sympathetic with Douglas, however, telling the judge that “relapse is part of the recovery process.” They recommended he get a second chance to prove he can stay sober.
“We would like to provide Mr. Douglas an opportunity to be in the community to see how he responds to setbacks,” one of the officers said.
Douglas’ lawyer Ben Brafman also argued for leniency, telling Berman that his client is seeing a psychiatrist because he is suffering from “post-traumatic stress disorder” due to his seven-year stint in prison.