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Steven Brooks Returns To Court

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ex-Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks is expected in a California court as part of a bid to enroll him in a mental health diversion program.

Brooks is scheduled to appear in a Victorville, Calif. courtroom Friday on charges stemming from a car chase and a police confrontation in March.

His lawyer asked earlier this week that Brooks be placed in the program, which diverts people into treatment and holds them accountable along the way. A judge could rule on his eligibility Friday.

Brooks has pleaded not guilty to resisting an officer, felony evading and assault on a police animal charges filed after his March 28 arrest in Victorville.

The arrest was his third in a matter of months, and followed bizarre behavior that prompted lawmakers to expel him from the Assembly.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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