NY appeals court takes up Cameron Douglas case

December 18, 2012 • Entertainment

FILE – In this April 27, 2009 file photo, Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas, arrives at the premiere of the film “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” in Los Angeles. A lawyer for the son of actor Michael Douglas will try to convince a New York appeals court Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 that he should not have to spend a decade in prison for drug crimes. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Douglas name — first with patriarch Kirk and later with son Michael — has always meant gold for Hollywood. But drama for the third generation of the Douglas family has occurred mostly off-screen, where Cameron Douglas has battled drug addiction and legal troubles.

In papers submitted for appeals court arguments Wednesday, prosecutors and a lawyer for Cameron Douglas have retold in greater detail than before how a man who seemed to have so many advantages in life could land in prison for a decade on a drug conviction.

The dispute is over Manhattan Judge Richard M. Berman’s decision to double Douglas’ five-year prison term after he committed sLogin to read more

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