Big Ben Assault Case Hits Two Minute Warning

Finally some action.

The pending sexual assault case against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has finally drawn to a conclusion. At least, as far as Milledgeville Police Chief Buford T. Justice Woodrow W. Blue is concerned.  Yesterday, it was confirmed that his office submitted their official findings to the district attorney.  The ball is now in D.A. Fred Bright‘s court.

I’m sure many of you are thinking, “Well, at least this is all finally coming to a head.”  Unfortunately, the wheels of justice move slower than traffic through the Fort Pitt tunnel at rush hour.  D.A. Bright will review the case and he can either deem the evidence insufficient and drop the whole thing or request the Milledgeville PD gather more evidence.   This could be possible since one huge aspect of their follow-up never happened;  namely Big Ben refused to come in for a second interview.

Now, if the D.A. decides the case is solid enough without any cooperation from Roethlisberger, he has to then decide which charges he wants to file.  Although the victim claimed sexual assault, he is free to change that to anything he thinks he can prove.  Once that process is done, he then submits the evidence along with his charges to a grand jury.  The grand jury then indicts Ben and a trial date is set.

One small problem.  The Georgia grand jury doesn’t meet all year round.   Their next session isn’t until July.  Yes, JULY.  So even if the Hot Fuzz built a great case and the prosecutor wants to prosecute, no formal charges will be filed until July.  Which, if nothing else, royally screws the Steelers because there’s nothing like finding out a month before training camp that your oafish miscreant of a QB is suspended pending the outcome of his criminal trial.

EDIT:  It looks like resolution to this case is coming faster than I expected.  DA Bright has called a press conference on Monday afternoon where he will reveal what action he intends to take.   ESPN is reporting unnamed sources say no charges will be filed against Pig Ben. I’ll refrain from commenting further until we hear Bright’s official statement.

In the meantime, the Steelers have kept themselves busy by inviting potential draft picks up to Pittsburgh.  One of whom is Oregon RB LaGarrette Blount.  Or, as you may know him, the thug who sucker punched a Boise State player after a game and was suspended the rest of the season.  Nice to know the Steelers have decided to completely drop any hint of having standards and decided to move full throttle toward becoming the Bengals 2.0

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  • Paul McCarthy

    BR doesn’t have to interview with police, don’t you understand that? It doesn’t have to go to a grand jury either. Where are you getting your facts? I suggest you quit trying to be Mike Florio the absolute worst person on the internet

  • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

    Did you bother reading those links? Clearly you didn’t or you wouldn’t have posted such an ignorant comment.

    I quote from the first link above (in gold text): “If so, Mr. Bright would take the findings before a grand jury, meaning it could be months before charges” are filed.

    Try reading and more importantly, LEARNING about what you’re talking about before you post. Other blogs may tolerate stupidity but I do not.

  • spartacus723

    Chris !! What’s with the fanside stuff ??? I liked the old way better……

    Instead of ranting insults, I think that Mr. McCarthy should have shared his legal expertise with everyone and told us how the process should go if you are wrong. I don’t know – I am an engineer not a Lawyer.

    At any rate, it might be a logical move to land a veteran QB now with all of the doubt surrounding Stupid Ben. If affordable, maybe the Steelers should try to land Marc Bulger. He is a WVU Mountaineer !! 2 Pro Bowls, good career numbers. His problem was that for the last 3 years, he got killed behind a weak O line. He has a few good years left, and if Ben gets suspended or jailed, Batch and Dixon give us no chance to even make the playoffs. Just my opinion. Our O-line is not shored up and developed enough to be the Steelers of old and rely on the run game.

  • spartacus723

    OK, I guess that I can retract my request for McCarthy to share his legal expertise with everyone.

  • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

    Spartacus, I would welcome the signing of Marc Bulger. I think on a good team, he could have a career resurgence ala Kurt Warner in Phoenix. Plus he’s a Pittsburgh guy so that’s a big plus.

    Actually, I don’t understand why the Steelers re-signed Batch in the first place. Nobody else was interested in him. He’s old, injury prone, and has never been much more than a mediocre QB. If he was all they could find, then whatever, but everybody knew Bulger was getting released and Leftwich will probably be shortly. Better stuff is out there.

    As for the Fansided comment login, I’m sorry about having to change it but I was receiving way too many abusive comments. I didn’t start this site and spend my free time working on it just so people can unleash a string of profanity at me when they don’t like what I wrote. Disagreement is fine but too many people have no concept of POLITE discussion.

    So now if we can’t all behave like adults, I can suspend or permanently remove their commenting privileges. Believe me, I didn’t want to do this but I refuse to let my site be overtaken by people hurling schoolyard insults instead of thoughtful comments.

  • Paul McCarthy

    Look at the words “IF SO” means the grand jury would be not necessary. Again Ben is not rquired to speak to the police, again following the advice of his attorney. Its in the bill of rights sir. Mark Bulger in Pittsburgh? he’s in worse shape than Charlie don’t hit me Batch. Is that polite enough sir?

  • spartacus723

    Bulger is beat up as I referenced earlier…. however, I sat in the stands at Heinz Field in 2005(?) and watched Bulger decimate the Steelers secondary. We had a good secondary then (but the Rams had great receivers)…. Yea that was then and this is now, but not only is Bulger a smart student of the game, he is a seasoned experienced QB who has little difficulty reading defenses, and he would have a nice group of receivers to work with. Who would you rather have ??? Jeff Garcia ???

  • bilbroxain

    I dunno… I think Dixon would actually be able to do well… He showed some fairly decent play in his first game… I mean, playing against the Ravens’ D isn’t exactly easy, nor do we win in Baltimore often. I think we would finish at least 9-7 with Dixon and our defense up to it’s normal strength.

  • psycho4steelers

    As always, I’m a couple of days removed from the conversation. I understand the Steelers sex craved, compulsive, idiotic QB has his rights not to talk. But still the process will be long and arduouse. Please Rooneys…SIT HIM DOWN! Move towards a team that is’nt waiting on indictments and trial dates to establish the opening day roster. Move quickly and decisevly. As far as Batch…..well lets say I was’nt all that surprised. No off-field conduct issues for a third string left out almost made sense. And Dixon is still young. I would’nt mind giving the kid a shot, but Bulger could bring that “spark” sooner than later……So while Ben sits in the corner reflecting on the money he’ll lose, and the respect lost by all the Steeler faithful in him and the orginization, lets move forward with Ben on the outside looking in. I’ve never seen Bulger on TMZ. And I’ll take 8-8 over Ben at this point. Its time character and morality was rewarded and devience punished. (please forgive spelling errors)