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D.A. planning to indict Pierce

NFL_pierce1_250.jpgOne day after clamming up regarding Antonio Pierce’s legal future, the District Attorney’s office in New York City has confirmed they are planning to seek gun possession charges against Pierce.

And the charges are identical to those with which Plaxio Burress is charged:  Felony gun possession, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 3.5 years in, as New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg calls it, the “slammer.”

The news comes as a major surprise, since it was believed previously Pierce would not face criminal charges for his involvement in Plaxico Burress’ famous sweatpants shooting incident.

“It’s our position Antonio committed no crime whatsoever, and had no
way of knowing that the weapon was anything other than properly
licensed,” Pierce’s lawyer Michael Bachner told the New York Post.

“Antonio acted bravely and responsibly to save
what he thought could have been his teammate’s life by driving him to
the hospital.”

Mr. Florio points out, via text from his flaming jalopy, that the threat of indicting Pierce could be an effort to get him to cooperate with police.

If that’s the case, it could be a fascinating test of Pierce’s loyalty and friendship with Burress.  Is that friendship worth jeopardizing Pierce’s career more than it already has?

If Pierce is indicted, his fate will be decided by the same grand jury that hears Burress’ case.  The Post comments that Pierce’s status for the upcoming season could be at risk, since he would be facing jail time.

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43 Responses to “D.A. planning to indict Pierce”
  1. FireJerryJones says: Jul 28, 2009 1:11 PM

    How ’bout them Cowboys!
    Nice to see the ‘off field’ distractions moving elsewhere.

  2. Display Name says: Jul 28, 2009 1:16 PM

    “It’s our position Antonio committed no crime whatsoever, and had no way of knowing that the weapon was anything other than properly licensed,” Pierce’s lawyer Michael Bachner told the New York Post.
    ==============================
    Makes no sense, once Pierce took possession of the gun it wouldn’t matter if it was properly licensed or not. It wasn’t licensed to HIM and he knew that.
    He broke the law, 2 and a half years in prison!! Go to jail, go directly to jail. Do not pass Go and do not collect $200.

  3. spartyfi says: Jul 28, 2009 1:18 PM

    Looks like we have yet another DA trying to make a name for himself. While some say stars get away with more, I will say that there are instances where they’re punished harder to make an example due to their status.
    I’m not saying many don’t deserve it but in this case, Pierce did nothing illegal UNLESS the DA can prove he knew that the gone was not properly licensed. Without proving that, the DA has NO case against him.

  4. KILLER FIN says: Jul 28, 2009 1:21 PM

    JUSTICE NEVER CEASES TO INVOLVE EVERYONE EVEN IF HE DID NOTHING!!! GUILTY UNTILL PROVEN INNOCENT!!!

  5. Slow Joe says: Jul 28, 2009 1:25 PM

    Pierce needs to sing like a bird.
    Also, in that picture it looks like he’s playing for Eli’s Ole Miss team.
    P.S. I am having to enter this twice. AGAIN. Because this damn website tells me I’m logged in then when I hit submit it tells me that I need to, well, log in. Fix this shit, Florio.

  6. madM100 says: Jul 28, 2009 1:25 PM

    Do Eli Manning and Brandon Jaccobs make a team?? its gettin’ ugly

  7. TransplantedFan says: Jul 28, 2009 1:26 PM

    Pierce will never see the inside of a courtroom from the defendant’s table. Florio and Company have rightfully been pointing out that this is little more than a squeeze to make sure Pierce does testify truthfully. I don’t want to see the guy go to jail, but as an Eagles fan I wouldn’t mind something distracting him from football for a few months…

  8. Facts Domino says: Jul 28, 2009 1:27 PM

    flaming jalopy?
    So is Florio driving a PFT/NBC sponsored Miata? A mid-80′s LeBaron with wood grain trim, or some other fruity vehicle that is made for a woman?

  9. Dewey Axewound says: Jul 28, 2009 1:29 PM

    This is getting freaking retarded…
    The driving factors?
    A gaseous windbag of a phony politician using the situation to his own political advantage, to prove that he’s “tough on crime”, and a city with gun guntrol laws/penalties that make fascism look fun by comparison.
    Blax’s actions were more dumb than criminal. It’s not like he smuggled in a MAC-10 after doing a drive-by…he had his OWN. LEGALLY. REGISTERED (albeit in a nother state) weapon which he carried for self-defense.
    Then he ventilated his quadricep with it.
    Pierce only did what any sentient human being would for their friend, given the exact same situation.
    Quit all the phony posturing and rhetoric and B.S., give him a couple months or probation and community service and move on.
    Blax may be a dumbass, maybe even a “wannabe” thug…but he’s not a REAL thug like Vick.
    Thanks to New York & Bloomy, though, watch him and Pierce end up serving the same amount of time.
    Justice is a wh0re who gets raped every day.
    (But nobody tell Rothlisberger that, okay?)

  10. mbbrazi says: Jul 28, 2009 1:30 PM

    Stop making excuses for Paxico Burress and Antonio Pierce-they’re both dumb asses and not above the law….. they should go to jail!

  11. Sock_Puppet says: Jul 28, 2009 1:34 PM

    Awesome. He should go to jail. It was a crime seeing him trying to cover Westbrook. In this case, it is just the DA putting the screws to AP to pressure Burress in accepting a plea bargain. Plax is screwed.

  12. aaron wilson HATES comments says: Jul 28, 2009 1:35 PM

    @spartyfi
    Should be pretty easy for the DA to prove that he knew that the gun wasn’t properly licensed since IT WASN’T LICENSED TO HIM. Gun permits aren’t like tags on a car, they don’t just apply to whoever has possession of it. My “license” (hand gun carry permit) allows for me and only me to carry a gun that is properly registered… and even then there are rules I must adhere to… and its my responsibility to keep up with those rules.
    I sympathize with Pierce because he was just trying to help out a friend but technically he did break the law and I think it’ll be hard to prove he didn’t.

  13. VoxVeritas says: Jul 28, 2009 1:36 PM

    What about the transporting an illegal firearm across state lines part? He took it from Manhattan to New Joisey. Display Name raises a good point, even if the gun was lawfully registered in NY it’s against the law for Pierce to have possession of it in both states as well as a federal crime to transport it between states.
    And this is, of course, obviously ignoring the fact that he transported the weapon in an attempt to cover up a crime.

  14. VoxVeritas says: Jul 28, 2009 1:37 PM

    “Looks like we have yet another DA trying to make a name for himself.”
    Looks to me like two idiots got themselves in deep shit.

  15. PKep85 says: Jul 28, 2009 1:38 PM

    I think that if Pierce co-operates with the authorities on this matter, all should be dropped. Technically, anybody who touched that gun would be breaking the law, so the club couldn’t hold onto it because it wasn’t licensed to them. So if they touched it at all, shouldn’t they be going to jail too? It’s Burress’s gun, book him and let that be your statement. Walk away with this entire situation with Burress behind bars for 3.5 years and be happy I think.

  16. PJW says: Jul 28, 2009 1:40 PM

    “via text from his flaming jalopy”
    (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

  17. VoxVeritas says: Jul 28, 2009 1:41 PM

    “Pierce did nothing illegal UNLESS the DA can prove he knew that the gone was not properly licensed.”
    That will never fly in court as a defense. If anything the DA would be going light on him by only charging him with possession of an unregistered firearm. This case goes a LOT deeper than that. He should be facing charges in New Jersey too.

  18. Trey says: Jul 28, 2009 1:45 PM

    Wow once again no one reads the Constitution of these united states. The only law Plaxico broke was that of common sense (don’t carry a bullet in the chamber). Since he has the means I would take this to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will surely rule that restrictions on guns in New York City are unconstitutional.

  19. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Jul 28, 2009 1:51 PM

    “It’s our position Antonio committed no crime whatsoever, and had no way of knowing that the weapon was anything other than properly licensed,” Pierce’s lawyer Michael Bachner told the New York Post.
    Didn’t he take the gun and go try to hide it or dump it somewhere where it would not be found after getting Plexiglass to the hospital? Not sure that equates with what his lawyer is saying there.

  20. onlymyopinionmatters says: Jul 28, 2009 1:55 PM

    spartyfi says:
    July 28, 2009 1:18 PM
    Looks like we have yet another DA trying to make a name for himself. While some say stars get away with more, I will say that there are instances where they’re punished harder to make an example due to their status.
    I’m not saying many don’t deserve it but in this case, Pierce did nothing illegal UNLESS the DA can prove he knew that the gone was not properly licensed. Without proving that, the DA has NO case against him.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Sorry, but your wrong.
    It doesnt matter whether Pierce knew if the gun was licensed or not. The point is that it was not licensed to PIERCE, and I’m pretty confident Pierce knew that.
    I think the prosecutor has a slam dunk case against him, its already common knowledge that pierce took possesion of the gun that DID NOT BELONG TO HIM.
    also, the prosecutor does not have to make a name for himself as you suggest, he has been at his job a looooooong time, and his name is already well known.
    Go back to internet law school.

  21. Bill In DC says: Jul 28, 2009 1:56 PM

    spartj,
    Hope you aren’t a lawyer.
    “Pierce did nothing illegal UNLESS the DA can prove he knew that the gone was not properly licensed. ”
    Pierce knew the gun was not licensed to Pierce, right? In that case, his possession of the gun in New York City is a felony regardless of his intent or motivation for ‘holding’ said gun.

  22. edgerules says: Jul 28, 2009 1:57 PM

    This is such BS. Just plain ridiculous. Sounds like to me that Morganthau is trying to make his name bigger by targeting Pierce as well as Mayor Bloomberg.

  23. mbbrazi says: Jul 28, 2009 1:57 PM

    Hey where’s my comment? I talk about what a dumbass these two clowns are. Burress and Pierce both belong in jail if for nothing else but for being two dumbasses!

  24. VikingFan09 says: Jul 28, 2009 1:58 PM

    Makes no sense, once Pierce took possession of the gun it wouldn’t matter if it was properly licensed or not. It wasn’t licensed to HIM and he knew that.
    This law was meant for thugs like Burress and Pierce

  25. RedsGhost says: Jul 28, 2009 1:59 PM

    spartyfi says:
    July 28, 2009 1:18 PM
    Looks like we have yet another DA trying to make a name for himself. While some say stars get away with more, I will say that there are instances where they’re punished harder to make an example due to their status.
    I’m not saying many don’t deserve it but in this case, Pierce did nothing illegal UNLESS the DA can prove he knew that the gone was not properly licensed. Without proving that, the DA has NO case against him.
    Spart…..your’re an idiot.
    Quick, name the athlete who was “made an example of”? Star athlete’s ALWAYS get away with crap. OJ? Oh yeah, they made a great example of him. Mike “BustaDawg” Vick? 19 months for TORTURE? Oh yeah, they made a great example of him as well.
    Did Pierce have a GUN? Yes, check. Did he have a license? No, check. Off to jail. I have many guns but YOU cannot carry them around even with my permission.
    It’s time to start holding thugs or wannabethugs (Vick,Pacman, Burress etc) accountable.

  26. WetHog says: Jul 28, 2009 2:04 PM

    “Do Eli Manning and Brandon Jaccobs make a team?? its gettin’ ugly”
    How about does Eli Manning and half of Brandon Jacobs make a team? Mr. Jacobs gets hurt a lot.
    And to all those Giants fans who made smart ass comments about Haynsworth and his legal issues, talk about a season (or 2) long distraction. Karma is a BITCH!

  27. southernboi727 says: Jul 28, 2009 2:08 PM

    So then, when will Pierce be suspended? Goodell is gonna get all up in that ass.

  28. bearsfan says: Jul 28, 2009 2:08 PM

    “Looks like we have yet another DA trying to make a name for himself. ”
    I think the DA is like 90 years old and has been in office for nearly 40 years. I don’t think he’s trying to make a name for himself.

  29. jonnyd34 says: Jul 28, 2009 2:29 PM

    so….If a group of elementary school kids is circled around a gun on the ground and I go over to see what they are doing, notice a gun on the ground and pick it up to make sure they don’t…. I am a felon? Not saying this is the exact case here, but most posters are implying that as soon as he grabs the gun, he is a felon. I would hope I wouldn’t have to defend my honor/freedom over my above example

  30. PRIDEin253 says: Jul 28, 2009 2:37 PM

    Looks like the Giants will have to convince the league to make all of their games 7-on-7 ball.

  31. cbuchanan53 says: Jul 28, 2009 3:09 PM

    If he didn’t bring the gun to the club and was justing holding the gun that the Moron shot himself with he did nothing wrong. What was he suppose to do throw the gun out. I think the DA is a Jets/Cowboys/Eagles fan

  32. VoxVeritas says: Jul 28, 2009 3:15 PM

    “Technically, anybody who touched that gun would be breaking the law, so the club couldn’t hold onto it because it wasn’t licensed to them. So if they touched it at all, shouldn’t they be going to jail too?”
    That’s incorrect. “The club” is not a person and they proprietors of said club would be breaking no law by securing it until the police got there. Contrast that with Pierce taking the gun and leaving with it.

  33. Big ben Rapistburger says: Jul 28, 2009 3:23 PM

    # jonnyd34 says: July 28, 2009 2:29 PM
    so….If a group of elementary school kids is circled around a gun on the ground and I go over to see what they are doing, notice a gun on the ground and pick it up to make sure they don’t…. I am a felon? Not saying this is the exact case here, but most posters are implying that as soon as he grabs the gun, he is a felon. I would hope I wouldn’t have to defend my honor/freedom over my above example
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I would hope, that you would pick up the gun, secure it so that no one could get shot in the event it discharged, and call the cops, and then transfer possession of said weapon to them. In that case, I think you would be in the clear.
    Now, if you picked up the gun, brought it home, tried to sell it on ebay, and pretended you were Wyatt Earp twirling it around in your mirror, then yes, you probably deserve to go to jail for being a jack ass

  34. Display Name says: Jul 28, 2009 3:38 PM

    # jonnyd34 says: July 28, 2009 2:29 PM
    so….If a group of elementary school kids is circled around a gun on the ground and I go over to see what they are doing, notice a gun on the ground and pick it up to make sure they don’t…. I am a felon? Not saying this is the exact case here, but most posters are implying that as soon as he grabs the gun, he is a felon. I would hope I wouldn’t have to defend my honor/freedom over my above example
    =================================
    In that case if you go take the gun and leave with it without giving it to the police then yes, you’d be breaking the law.
    Had Pierce given the gun to the police at the scene and not taken it, concealing it and hiding it from them then no law would have been broken. But he did take it, conceal it and try to hide it from them therefore he broke the law. Maybe several laws.

  35. VoxVeritas says: Jul 28, 2009 3:51 PM

    “The only law Plaxico broke was that of common sense (don’t carry a bullet in the chamber). Since he has the means I would take this to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will surely rule that restrictions on guns in New York City are unconstitutional.”
    SCOTUS has gone on the record in U.S. v. Cruikshank and Presser v. Illinois that only federal interference with the Second Amendment is prohibited. The individual states retain the right to put reasonable restrictions on the possession of firearms.

  36. VoxVeritas says: Jul 28, 2009 4:02 PM

    “so….If a group of elementary school kids is circled around a gun on the ground and I go over to see what they are doing, notice a gun on the ground and pick it up to make sure they don’t…. I am a felon? Not saying this is the exact case here, but most posters are implying that as soon as he grabs the gun, he is a felon.”
    If you grab the gun with any intention other than to secure it until the cops get there, you’re probably committing a felony. I think something like this has to fall under the category of good samaritan exemptions.

  37. VoxVeritas says: Jul 28, 2009 4:03 PM

    “If he didn’t bring the gun to the club and was justing holding the gun that the Moron shot himself with he did nothing wrong. What was he suppose to do throw the gun out.”
    How about not taking it to another state in your car?

  38. moramountainman says: Jul 28, 2009 4:34 PM

    It is about time that these thugs are made to obey the laws that any other citizen must follow. They are given a free pass all the time , they are not above the law ! This DA has what it takes, YOU DA MAN !

  39. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Jul 28, 2009 4:36 PM

    it’s crazy on this site.just how many people come on this forum without any concept of how the legal system works.
    for all you bozos out there that think pierce did the right thing,wrong,if you remove the gun from the scene of a crime it’s at best tampering with evidence.the other tidbit that everyone has forgotten is that ole pierce turned the gun over to plax’ wife,oh oh.
    another rule of engagement in new york is that if you fire a gun within the city limits,you hang.discharge of a fire arm is a grade a felony.
    i don’t want to hear all this shit from people livin g on a dirt road someplace,this city has 8 or so million people,there has to be system of laws or anarchy would take place.
    there are parts of the city where gunfire is a daily occurence,dollars to doughnuts,the guns used in those acts of violence come from some hoople town down south where gun laws cease to be enforced and are sacrificed on the altar of the quick buck.

  40. TNCM333 says: Jul 28, 2009 4:41 PM

    We’ll see how much more time in jail these two face than what you get for killing a person DD.
    And the world can continue to be a joke….

  41. DaGMen07 says: Jul 28, 2009 4:55 PM

    You people can argue that what Pierce did was illegal. Fact of the matter is that it was. But anybody who was in that same predicament would do exactly what Pierce did.
    Bottom line is that the DA is not looking to go after Pierce. Pierce will never see the inside of a courtroom. The state wants to make sure that Plax is sent to Rikers for a multi year deal. Pierce will talk, as he should, and will not be suspended by Roger Godell. Godell knew exactly what Pierce’s involvement was. If he wanted to suspend him, he would have mentioned it as a possibility by now.
    All you idiots who think that this will be a distraction for the GMEN, you are either drunk or just retarted.

  42. ham1 says: Jul 28, 2009 5:08 PM

    Dumb ass Pierce. We all know he was trying to hide the gun and keep his boy outta a jam. Dumb ass created a jam for himself as well.
    Great pair, dumb and dumber.

  43. VoxVeritas says: Jul 28, 2009 5:36 PM

    “But anybody who was in that same predicament would do exactly what Pierce did. ”
    Naah, not me. Not the majority of people, as far as I can tell. I mean I’ll go the extra distance for a friend when I can, but I’m not going to implicate myself like Pierce did. I’ve got too much to lose. There was just no way they were going to be able to keep this a secret.

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