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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