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Lawyers move ahead in Downey case

Unable to reach a plea bargain with Robert Downey Jr., prosecutors moved forward Thursday with their drug case against the actor.

A judge set a pretrial hearing for April 30 because an agreement had not yet been reached, Deputy District Attorney Tamara Capone said. The judge has urged the prosecution and defense to reach a settlement.

Downey is charged with possession of cocaine and a tranquilizer. The charges carry a maximum penalty of more than four years in prison.

Downey, 35, was arrested on Nov. 25 at a Palm Springs hotel after police received an anonymous 911 tip. He has pleaded innocent.

He was released from prison in August after serving about a year for violating probation on drug arrests dating back to 1996.

Downey, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his starring role in the movie "Chaplin," won a Golden Globe award in January for his supporting role on the TV show "Ally McBeal."

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