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Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wright pleads not guilty to charge of resisting police officer

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USC cornerback Shareece Wright pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of resisting a police officer stemming from a party he was at during Labor Day weekend.

Three other individuals were arrested at the time of the incident on similar charges, but Wright was not. However, police detained Wright last week and the charge was filed by the San Bernardino district attorney.

Wright was released on his own recognizance, even though the district attorney's office wanted him to post $15,000 bail -- the same as the other three charged, according to Los Angeles-area newspaper reports. Wright signed an agreement that stated he would be back in court on Oct. 29 for the next hearing.

However, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge John N. Martin issued a stern warning, telling Wright he would "slap you in jail so fast it'll make your head spin" he did not make that appearance.

USC coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that he would wait before making any decisions on the status of his starting cornerback.

"I'm not worried about the time frames here. I just need really good information and we'll see what it all means," Carroll told the Los Angeles Times.

Wright was at Wednesday's practice, but did not work out because of a pinched nerve, and declined to speak with reporters.

"He's real concerned and worried it'll disrupt what he's doing, but I've assured him everything will be OK," Wright's attorney, Carlos L. Juarez, said in the Times.

Juarez said Wright had attended a party in his hometown of Colton for a friend who was being deployed to Iraq. According to the Times and the Riverside Press-Enterprise, police went to the house after neighbors complained about the noise. Juarez said police used a Taser during the incident, according to both newspapers.

USC vice president of student affairs Dr. Michael Jackson told the Press-Enterprise that the situation was in the hands of Carroll and athletic director Mike Garrett.

"If it were a USC-sponsored event, that would be different and we'd be involved," Jackson said, according to the Press-Enterprise.