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"Judgment day" comes: Merriman case closed

The case against Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has been closed, only five days after he allegedly battered and falsely imprisoned a reality star whose 15 minutes of fame might finally have run out.

According to 10News, the San Diego County District Attorney has concluded that there is “insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any crime was committed.”

It’s not a surprise, given that multiple witnesses likely gave varying accounts of the incident, possibly as a result of varying amounts of alcohol consumption.

The alleged victim, Tila Tequila Nguyen, did the case no favors via a string of inflammatory and erratic entries on her Twitter page, many of which were thereafter deleted.

At one point, she vowed that Tuesday would be “judgment day.”  In the end, her lawyer merely issued a statement vowing that Merriman’s defense to the claims — that he was trying to keep Nguyen from leaving his house while drunk — was “spin” that would be discredited.

The conclusion doesn’t mean that Merriman didn’t do it.  It means only that prosecutors believed they couldn’t prove his guilt to the satisfaction of the very high legal standard that applies to criminal cases.

Nguyen has the ability to file a civil lawsuit, if she so chooses.  The legal standard in such cases is much lower, requiring only a “preponderance of the evidence,” which equates to basically 50.000001 percent to 49.999999.

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37 Responses to “"Judgment day" comes: Merriman case closed”
  1. dave says: Sep 11, 2009 7:13 PM

    finally verification that twitter is indeed good for something
    justice prevails for a change, now let’s hope big ben can bury that psycho whore he’s gotta deal with

  2. Jarmahead says: Sep 11, 2009 7:15 PM

    He probably didnt do it (he did it). Had he did, he would’ve broke her skinny arse in two.

  3. hizzle1281 says: Sep 11, 2009 7:15 PM

    is it just me, or did the “Madden Curse” get Troy Polamolu

  4. purple haze harvin says: Sep 11, 2009 7:18 PM

    Hahaha! I would love to laugh in the stupid cunt Tila’s face! What a dumb ass! Hopefully this embarrassment will cause her to off herself and save the rest of us the oxygen.

  5. CABroncoFan says: Sep 11, 2009 7:19 PM

    Merriman’s a tool

  6. Pitbullcopper77 says: Sep 11, 2009 7:19 PM

    Please no more talking of the skank…

  7. NFLJunkie says: Sep 11, 2009 7:21 PM

    Florio, you still wish you were a lawyer? How is writing stories and slanging Flowbee’s out of your 1982 Oldsmobile’s trunk going?

  8. Florios-Lawyer says: Sep 11, 2009 7:22 PM

    Just remember now Shawne, no choking.
    But you can go back to making her gag.

  9. artieblanksucsbigD says: Sep 11, 2009 7:22 PM

    since u say her fifteen minutes of fame is over I bet u write another segment about it

  10. sactoking says: Sep 11, 2009 7:25 PM

    Why do you keep calling her “Tila Tequila Nguyen”? That’s not her name. Just call her Tila Nguyen.
    Even after Chad Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco you called him “Chad Johnson” or “Chad Johnson a/k/a Chad Ocho Cinco” or some other combination. Why does an F-list “celebrity” get more name respect than a B-list footballer?

  11. Kreedos says: Sep 11, 2009 7:29 PM

    Gotta say, she was a dumb-but for those stupid tweets of hers.

  12. Eddie Drycleaner says: Sep 11, 2009 7:31 PM

    I have a question for “prolawyertalk.com”
    (not that it’s a bad thing, I actually enjoy lawyer speak)
    Does Merriman have any recourse as far as slander/libel cases go? It seems this crazy witch(trying to self police like you asked a month ago) has done irreputable harm to his image.
    Or, because the police actually arrested him, is he SOL?(shit out of luck)

  13. Lance19 says: Sep 11, 2009 7:42 PM

    Since there was NEVER any credible evidence
    of wrongdoing on Merriman’s part, even this
    “couldn’t prove his guilt to the satisfaction of the
    very high legal standard that applies to criminal cases”
    stuff is a little heavy handed.
    Whether you like the guy or not, no one’s reputation
    should be lowed 1% by totally unsubstantiated claims
    leveled by unreliable (and self-contradicting) sources.
    Now, back to football…

  14. chugs says: Sep 11, 2009 7:43 PM

    “The alleged victim, Tila Tequila Nguyen, did the case no favors via a string of inflammatory and erratic entries on her Twitter page…”
    Are you kidding me??
    As you were saying, while covering this, that was what she should be doing, taking it to the public through whatever means necessary???
    wow.
    Nothing to see here, just your average every day flip flop reminiscent of your everage politician or actual vetted journalist.
    Whoever wins is our man.
    Good for you Potsy.

  15. GB3Pack4 says: Sep 11, 2009 7:49 PM

    Gee. Why do I think a civil suit is forthcoming …

  16. Samuel L. Bronkowitz says: Sep 11, 2009 7:49 PM

    Honestly, Merriman’s a rich, fit, famous, relatively handsome man.
    Couldn’t he do better?

  17. CardHock says: Sep 11, 2009 7:52 PM

    Glad to see the whore lost this round.
    I’m sure she will extend her 15 minutes further with a civil suit. But with all the witnesses that were there I have a feeling no San Diego jury is going to give this bitch a dime.

  18. slick5800 says: Sep 11, 2009 8:03 PM

    I hope Merriman sues this skank, at the very least for legal fees. Libel, slander or defamation should also be on the table as well. Nguyen’s facts never did add up. Thank goodness the DA had enough sense to look at the FACTS AND ONLY FACTS. The police didn’t arrest Merriman at the scene of the incident nor could they find any bruises on her. Tila claimed Merriman “choked her and threw her on the ground”. If this was the case she would have had multiple bruise because this is a 26o pound man and she is 98 pounds. TIME IS UP ON YOUR 15 MINUTES OF FAME SKANK.. YOUR ACTIONS ARE A SLAP IN THE FACE TO TRULY BATTERED AND ABUSED WOMEN EVERYWHERE!!!!

  19. Richard says: Sep 11, 2009 8:09 PM

    She was her own worst enemy…

  20. BigMarv says: Sep 11, 2009 8:15 PM

    Who Cares!…..

  21. KHat says: Sep 11, 2009 8:16 PM

    Were they all only so easily resolved.

  22. Katmanduu says: Sep 11, 2009 8:19 PM

    Now let’s close that joke of a civil suit against Big Ben and move on with some football!

  23. AutumnWind999 says: Sep 11, 2009 8:20 PM

    “The conclusion doesn’t mean that Merriman didn’t do it. It means only that prosecutors believed they couldn’t prove his guilt to the satisfaction of the very high legal standard that applies to criminal cases.”
    ***
    This is a key line to this story that will go completely ignored by about 100 Chargers fans in the coming posts.
    Wait, are there 100 Chargers fans?
    Well, yes … but are there 100 Chargers fans who aren’t completely tied up in wind-surfing and watching “Three’s Company” reruns that they’ll take the time to notice that Captain Steroids is off the hook?
    Doubtful.

  24. as big as a hat says: Sep 11, 2009 8:31 PM

    Ahhh, money. When you have it you can control what people say, and when you want it you’ll say almost anything to get it. Case closed!

  25. wdhart3 says: Sep 11, 2009 8:32 PM

    PROS VS. HOES
    2 – 0

  26. MagicSoccerSpray says: Sep 11, 2009 8:32 PM

    Merrimen 1 – Notorious Attention Whore 0

  27. devlin says: Sep 11, 2009 8:35 PM

    Shame on you all that said Merriman abused this “woman.” Tila Tequila is nothing but a roadwhore skank out for attention.

  28. amtally says: Sep 11, 2009 8:47 PM

    And now the civil suit and money grab. Hope she does it, she’ll be ripped to shreds and exposed for the lying tramp that she is.

  29. james says: Sep 11, 2009 8:47 PM

    I figured that would happen. If you have seen an episode of her mtv dating show then you know shes a wacko. I will be giving updates on this case at http://www.sportsbetting.ws

  30. Mike Loves The UFL says: Sep 11, 2009 9:16 PM

    Someone got paid

  31. Sourdough says: Sep 11, 2009 9:30 PM

    Love the SD hate WindBag.
    SD truly is a harsh place to live…if you dislike a perfect climate & scantily clad hotties all year long.
    Makes sense as you seem awfully…oh never mind.
    San Diego – America’s Finest City

  32. dave says: Sep 11, 2009 9:56 PM

    autumnwind? even your own raider fans at your board says she’s a crazy whore and merriman wasn’t guilty
    give it up son

  33. amtally says: Sep 11, 2009 10:21 PM

    Eddie, I think the cops just facilitated her citizen’s arrest. From everything I’ve read here in San Diego, the cops found no reason to arrest him but had no choice because she was hysterical and insisted something be done. Makes me wonder how she even knew she could do it. Honestly, I always thought a citizen’s arrest wasn’t real. I’m not a cop or a lawyer though.

  34. Mike Loves The UFL says: Sep 11, 2009 10:29 PM

    Well, yes … but are there 100 Chargers fans who aren’t completely tied up in wind-surfing and watching “Three’s Company” reruns that they’ll take the time to notice that Captain Steroids is off the hook?
    As opposed to being in a prison cell watching Good Times?

  35. Mike Loves The UFL says: Sep 11, 2009 10:32 PM

    Love the SD hate WindBag.
    SD truly is a harsh place to live…if you dislike a perfect climate & scantily clad hotties all year long.
    Makes sense as you seem awfully…oh never mind.
    San Diego – America’s Finest City
    Oakland where a crack pipe and needle are worshipped.
    Where the women have various diseases.

  36. Lance19 says: Sep 11, 2009 10:51 PM

    “The conclusion doesn’t mean that Merriman didn’t do it. It means only that prosecutors believed they couldn’t prove his guilt to the satisfaction of the very high legal standard that applies to criminal cases.”
    ‘This is a key line to this story that will go completely ignored by about 100 Chargers fans in the coming posts.”
    ***
    And it is a line that SHOULD be completely ignored by
    ALL Charger fans, NFL fans, Americans, and everyone
    else who does not rely on Mike Florio for insightful legal
    analysis.
    Even the most obvious “Not guilty” verdict doesn’t PROVE
    the person didn’t do it. So should we hang this cloud on
    EVERY person on whom even the flimsiest accusation is made?
    There was never ANY credible evidence here, so any
    implication–despite ALL known facts–that someone
    might actually be getting away with a crime is unwarranted,
    irresponsible and below the belt.

  37. CHILDPLEASE says: Sep 13, 2009 3:16 AM

    Judgement day for Marry man will come on Monday night. Word is he’s lost a step, he plays scared, he is timid. He’s not what he once was. One helmet to the knee……..

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