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« on: Apr 09, 2010 at 11:01 »

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fredric D. Bright this morning announced that he had completed his review of the investigation into a sexual assault accusation against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and will announce his decision on whether to file charges Monday afternoon.

"The investigation, interviews and report in the Roethlisberger matter have been completed and reviewed," Mr. Bright said in a statement.

"We will be announcing the decision in this case in a news conference to be held on Monday, April 12, 2010, at 2 p.m. in the Baldwin County Courthouse."

Mr. Bright declined further comment.

Milledgeville police Chief Woodrow W. Blue Jr. and representatives of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation early this week concluded their monthlong investigation into the accusation made by a 20-year-old woman who said Mr. Roethlisberger assaulted her in a nightclub. Mr. Roethlisberger has denied the allegation through his Atlanta-based attorneys.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 11:19 »

Is it election time in Georgia?  Grandstand much, Mr. DA?  So he's announced the announcement, nice.  Wonder if Ben's a little edgy right about now?
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 11:37 »

Better to get this thing moving than have the sword of Damocles over his head going into the season.

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 11:49 »

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Wonder if Ben's a little edgy right about now?

I'm betting the whole Steeler Nation is a little edgy right now.
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 12:13 »

I think we all know what the D. stands for.

I hope the next man he pays to suck his dick, blueballs him mightily.
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 12:28 »

Is it election time in Georgia?  Grandstand much, Mr. DA?  So he's announced the announcement, nice.  Wonder if Ben's a little edgy right about now?

I'd venture to guess that Ben and Garland have already been "told" whether charges will be filed. 

IMO, if the DA was going to bring charges, they wouldn't issue a statement saying that they'll announce a decision on such-and-such date.  They'd just fuckin' do it.  By delaying the announcement, it gives them some face time with the public and affords them an opportunity to explain how "they've conducted a thorough investigation, but the evidence is not sufficient to justify the filing of a formal charge" or some such shit.

I think.

For everyone's sake, let's hope I'm better at predicting the outcome here than I am at picking NFL games.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 12:36 »

Is it election time in Georgia?  Grandstand much, Mr. DA?  So he's announced the announcement, nice.  Wonder if Ben's a little edgy right about now?

I'd venture to guess that Ben and Garland have already been "told" whether charges will be filed. 

IMO, if the DA was going to bring charges, they wouldn't issue a statement saying that they'll announce a decision on such-and-such date.  They'd just fuckin' do it.  By delaying the announcement, it gives them some face time with the public and affords them an opportunity to explain how "they've conducted a thorough investigation, but the evidence is not sufficient to justify the filing of a formal charge" or some such shit.

I think.

For everyone's sake, let's hope I'm better at predicting the outcome here than I am at picking NFL games.

Yeah, maybe so.

Or maybe they want the full CNN/Faux/MSNBC/ESPN/NPR/Tass/TMZ/etc. entourage there to ensure the DA gets his national face time. 

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 13:18 »


For everyone's sake, let's hope I'm better at predicting the outcome here than I am at picking NFL games.

Just don't make it your lock of the week. 
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 13:59 »

"Had they wanted to arrest Roethlisberger, they would've issued a warrant, not waited for a press conference on Monday," said B.J. Bernstein of Atlanta, one of the nation's most high-profile defense attorneys.

"If they had wanted to send this matter to a grand jury, which is a closed process, they would not have a public press conference to do that," Bernstein said. "Most likely, what we're seeing here is that the district attorney has chosen to drop the matter."

Baldwin County court staff said the district attorney's office did not request a special grand jury be impaneled. The next scheduled round of subpoenas for a July grand jury won't go out until late June.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_675686.html


Summary describing the Georgia process for charging someone with a crime.  Not real wild about the source, but it appears to be accurate:

http://articles.directorym.com/How_Individuals_Get_Charged_With_Crimes_Georgia-r936124-Georgia.html
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 17:55 »

Is it election time in Georgia?  Grandstand much, Mr. DA?  So he's announced the announcement, nice.  Wonder if Ben's a little edgy right about now?

I'd venture to guess that Ben and Garland have already been "told" whether charges will be filed. 

IMO, if the DA was going to bring charges, they wouldn't issue a statement saying that they'll announce a decision on such-and-such date.  They'd just fuckin' do it.  By delaying the announcement, it gives them some face time with the public and affords them an opportunity to explain how "they've conducted a thorough investigation, but the evidence is not sufficient to justify the filing of a formal charge" or some such shit.

I think.

For everyone's sake, let's hope I'm better at predicting the outcome here than I am at picking NFL games.

Yeah, maybe so.

Or maybe they want the full CNN/Faux/MSNBC/ESPN/NPR/Tass/TMZ/etc. entourage there to ensure the DA gets his national face time. 

For erection porpoise, as Engrish might slay.

Hmmm.  My worry is that the DA does want the publicity. Since I'm paranoid, I worry that the DA would've announced dropping charges on a Friday.  PR dictates delivering potentially bad news like this prior to the weekend, to stave off negative press coverage.  (in Georgia, I'm guessing some people want blood).  By saying that they are announcing it on a Monday, it would seem to allow the media a full court press on the topic, which one would expect if the DA wanted to try a case in the court of public opinion.

Still, I hope JCharding's defense attorney is correct.
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 18:04 »

ESPN already reporting no charges.
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 19:37 »

ESPN already reporting no charges.


ESPN is weighing in early?  Now I'm actually worried.
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« Reply #12 on: Apr 09, 2010 at 19:44 »

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I'm still waiting for them to confirm that Chris Henry is dead.
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« Reply #13 on: Apr 10, 2010 at 08:02 »

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I'm still waiting for them to confirm that Chris Henry is dead.

Otis... shut the fuck up!  P4P hasn't heard yet.
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« Reply #14 on: Apr 11, 2010 at 21:54 »

Hardy har har!  Old fuckers.
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« Reply #15 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 09:10 »

Better to get this thing moving than have the sword of Damocles over his head going into the season.



Yes, by the sword of Damocles and the balls of Testicles, let's get it over with. At least we'll finally know what the hell we're looking at.
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« Reply #16 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 10:55 »

Does anyone know if ESPN is carrying this press conference live or if it's going to be streamed somewhere on-line?

Found out that WPXI.com is carrying this live, if anyone is interested.
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« Reply #17 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 13:09 »

NO CHARGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #18 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 13:14 »

NO CHARGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's not what she said.

Perhaps Fred Bright should embrace his balding head.  Whatever he's doing up there ain't working.

Thanks for the link Otis. 
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« Reply #19 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 13:21 »

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True.

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« Reply #20 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 14:37 »

So, do the Rooneys sit his ass down for two games for being Big Dumb and Stupid? Or do you let him skate?
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« Reply #21 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 14:52 »

So, do the Rooneys sit his ass down for two games for being Big Dumb and Stupid? Or do you let him skate?

No, they let Goodell do the dirty work and slap him for supplying alcohol to an underage girl, and make him do some substance abuse whatever stuff.  Chris Henry got 8 games for a bigger combo of ills, some of which was supplying to 3 underage girls; I would guess Ben gets 2 games.  We'll see.  He's white, so he can't be a "thug," therefore maybe he skates under Goodell's system?
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« Reply #22 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 15:31 »

Yep, the various websites and comments are already playing the race card in this.
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« Reply #23 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 15:34 »

Had to figure that was going to happen...people even saying Tone was a scapegoat for Ben's transgressions....Ton e was charged sith several different offenses. 
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« Reply #24 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 15:39 »

Text of letter from Roethlisberger's accuser to DA
Monday, April 12, 2010
Text of the letter from the attorney for Ben Roethlisberger's accuser to District Attorney Fred Bright:

March 17, 2010

Re: Benjamin Roethlisberger

Dear Mr. Bright:

As you know, we represent the complainant in the referenced matter, and it is about that that I write you at this time.

After a great deal of deliberation, our client has instructed us to advise you that she does not want to prosecute this matter further. While I am well aware that the prosecution decision rests with the district attorney, and not a complaining party, it is appropriate that you be aware of this fact as you make your decision.

What is obvious in looking forward is that a criminal trial would be a very intrusive personal experience for complainant in this situation, given the extraordinary media attention that would be inevitable. The media coverage to date, and the efforts of the media to access our client, have been unnerving, to say the least.

In short, no matter what the outcome of a criminal trial, our client has had sound professional advice since this incident that participating in a public trial would not at all be in her best interest as she goes forward with her life. That is a decision that we, as her attorneys, fully support. As should be clear from what I have said here, this decision does not reflect any recanting of our client's complaint, but simply a realistic, personal decision as to what is in her best interests, and what it would be like to go through a trial with the expected media attention.

Please let us know if you need any further information.

With best regards, I remain very truly yours

David F. Walbert



Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10102/1049823-66.stm?cmpid=relatedarticle#ixzz0kv8QDDwb
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« Reply #25 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 15:46 »

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« Reply #26 on: Apr 12, 2010 at 18:28 »

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