Four weeks after an alleged incident of sexual assault, police in Milledgeville, Georgia soon will present the case involving Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to the local district attorney, according to WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh.
The prosecutor, as explained in our latest PFTV segment, will then consider whether there’s enough evidence to justify the filing of charges.
The decision won’t depend on whether the prosecutor thinks Ben is guilty. The question is whether the prosecutor thinks that a conviction can be obtained under the very high standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
In this regard, the prosecutor has considerable discretion. And if that discretion is exercised in favor of pursuing charges, Roethlisberger’s life will be turned upside down — regardless of whether he ultimately is found guilty.