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D.A. to announce decision in Roethlisberger case on Monday

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggested that a decision as to whether Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will face sexual assault charges could be months away.

As it turns out, a decision has been made in less than a week.

Per multiple reports, Ocmulgee (Ga.) Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright will unveil his intended course of action three days from today.

“The investigation, interviews and report in the Roethlisberger matter
have completed and reviewed,” Bright said, per the Milledgeville Union-Recorder.  “We will be announcing the
decision in this case
at a news conference to be held on Monday, April
12, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the Baldwin County Courthouse.”

Typically, state-court prosecutors don’t hold press conferences to explain that charges won’t be filed.  Prosecutors are typically elected, and the victim typically is a voter.  It would make no sense, in our view, for Bright to essentially declare to the world via press conference that he doesn’t believe the alleged victim’s account, which thereby will alienate the alleged victim and her family — and create a cluster of folks motivated to recruit and support an opponent the next time Bright runs for re-election.  If, on the other hand, Bright will announce an intention to pursue an indictment, he won’t have to worry about ticking off any members of the electorate, since Roethsliberger doesn’t live there.

Bright, a Democrat, faced no opposition in the 2008 general election; he has occupied the position since at least 2005.  If the office holds (as it typically does) a four-year term, Bright would be up for re-election again in 2012, assuming that he plans to run and that no term limits apply.

Regardless of whether he’ll be running again in as little as two years, Bright’s position is, at a certain level, inherently political.  And it simply wouldn’t be politically prudent to hold a press conference aimed at telling the world that one of the locals is lying.

Also, the fact that Roethlisberger has opted not to submit to a follow up interview leaves Bright with a potentially skewed version of the facts.  If he believes the alleged victim’s account, and if Roethlisberger has said nothing that plausibly contradicts her, there’s no reason to do anything other than pursue an indictment.
 

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114 Responses to “D.A. to announce decision in Roethlisberger case on Monday”
  1. watson says: Apr 9, 2010 11:31 AM

    Maybe Jason Campbell can get a Starting Job in Pittsburgh.

  2. ampats says: Apr 9, 2010 11:31 AM

    Uh oh, doesn’t sound good for Steelers Nation.

  3. RIP__21 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:31 AM

    Bye Bye Berger hello Dennis Dixon.

  4. drumbug71 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:32 AM

    Is it possible that he held a press conference because he was under pressure for a decision, so he’s basically saying “It’s coming Monday, not today”?

  5. dietrich43 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:35 AM

    Where’s that ham sandwich?

  6. Stillerz says: Apr 9, 2010 11:37 AM

    Great news!!

  7. JPeezy says: Apr 9, 2010 11:37 AM

    Yeah Foolio, they are having a press conference only because they are pressing charges, not because the case is national news involving a $100 million 2 time Super Bowl winning QB. Asshole!

  8. tigeralum99 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:37 AM

    “Also, the fact that Roethlisberger has opted not to submit to a follow up interview leaves Bright with a potentially skewed version of the facts. If he believes the alleged victim’s account, and if Roethlisberger has said nothing that plausibly contradicts her, there’s no reason to do anything other than pursue an indictment”
    UH-OH….
    Maybe Ben is conceding the indictment only to save his Ammo for a court case…
    I cant wait to see how the Rooney family reacts…

  9. Gaiterdan65 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:37 AM

    AWESOME!!!
    I hope they grill his arse, and stick him in a cell with some big, cornbread and grits eating som-ma-bi**h who calls him Sally for the next 5-7 years.

  10. JimmySmith says: Apr 9, 2010 11:38 AM

    Just in time for the Steelers to draft their QB of the future. Rapesagirl is looking at jail time here.

  11. robert ethan says: Apr 9, 2010 11:39 AM

    Well, a press conference seems logical regardless of which course of action he intends to take. Better to say it once to a hundred people than a hundred different times to a single person.
    I was of the feeling that Bright knew exactly what he was going to do long before he officially got the report. My bet is either that he and Garland have worked out a plea bargain, or he charges Ben locally with a misdemeanor offense so he doesn’t have to go to a grand jury.

  12. DonTerrelli says: Apr 9, 2010 11:40 AM

    Unless, like the police in that town, Roethlisberger will be standing next to him as he announces that no charges will be filed and he holds up a cell phone to take a picture of the two of them together.

  13. ccoolahan14 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:40 AM

    The NFL is going to have to REALLY step up their rigging of steelers games this year.

  14. Eweez83 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:40 AM

    So tired of the Roethlisberger stories, give us some more Tebow updates!!

  15. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 9, 2010 11:41 AM

    If, on the other hand, Bright will announce an intention to pursue an indictment, he won’t have to worry about ticking off any members of the electorate, since Roethsliberger doesn’t live there.
    ————————————————-
    I wouldn’t necessairly (spelling again) say that. Steelers fans are a lot like Redsox fans.
    No not drunk and loud…….well yes I suppose drunk and loud as well but both fanbases are widespread.
    BTW I am a sox fan

  16. Ravens Fan says: Apr 9, 2010 11:42 AM

    Bye Bye Rapistberger. Rot in jail along with Santurdio. Denise DICKson welcome to the NFL. Hey Squeeler fans no playoffs again.

  17. robert ethan says: Apr 9, 2010 11:42 AM

    Looks like the old Post-Gazette is eating a little crow.

  18. NovaDawg says: Apr 9, 2010 11:44 AM

    Prosecutors typically don’t announce decisions that they are going to prosecute… they just indict/charge the person.
    They announce decisions not to prosecute.

  19. mws90 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:44 AM

    Its not whether shes telling the truth or not its can the da prove what whe is saying is true.

  20. Bell63 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:46 AM

    Seems to make sense that they would have a press conference either way – they have to know that no matter the decision, they will be bombarded with media questions, so why not get it out of the way in one sitting? I’d like to think if they weren’t pressing charges, they would announce it today, not wait for the weekend. Let everyone move on ASAP.

  21. Citizen Strange says: Apr 9, 2010 11:46 AM

    If the D.A. wanted to bury it he would announce it today.
    If he wants lots of publicity he announces it Monday.

  22. BenRapistberger says: Apr 9, 2010 11:48 AM

    I’m Ben Rapistberger and I’m a classy guy.

  23. FedorTheChamp says: Apr 9, 2010 11:48 AM

    They HAVE no case!! This is CRAZY!

  24. SteelNotSober says: Apr 9, 2010 11:48 AM

    Big Steeler Fan here and it looks like charges will be made. I think they are BS and he will beat it but this will end his time in Pittsburgh I feel.
    Would not surprise me to see the Steelers find a way to get rid of Ben. And as much as I am a fan of his, I would not disagree with the decision. Playing in the NFL and for the Steelers is a privilege and you only have so many strikes…

  25. dixinpunani says: Apr 9, 2010 11:48 AM

    her family lives there? I thought she was from florida and she was there for school

  26. trjuxal says: Apr 9, 2010 11:48 AM

    The girl refused to do a second interview with police. So did Ben. There is no case.

  27. Rafterman says: Apr 9, 2010 11:49 AM

    Florio, you are indeed clueless and prove same every time you post. First, there wasn’t going to be a decision for months and that was bad for Ben. LOL!
    Since he made a “quick” decision that’s supposed to be bad for Ben. Pick one moron.
    As Twain said, ” It’s better to remain quiet and be thought a fool then open your mouth and remove all doubts”
    This girl attends college there and that makes her local? We don’t even know her name, much less where she resides.
    Ben is a nationally known celebrity and calling a presser is unusual how?
    According to all LEGITIMATE media accounts the whole case is he said/she said. I’m sure he wants to face Ed Garland with that! LMAO!

  28. husker91 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:50 AM

    I am sure most DA’s aren’t announcing whether or not they are pressing charges against a super bowl winning QB…therefore the fact that there is a press conference scheduled should not be used to “guess” what will be announced…

  29. Mavens says: Apr 9, 2010 11:53 AM

    LMMFAO!!! F You Pittsburgh!!!

  30. fc1_87 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:53 AM

    A “local” She is a collage student and could not be a local, even from out of state.
    And to the statement “It would make no sense, in our view, for Bright to essentially declare to the world via press conference that he doesn’t believe the alleged victim’s account-”
    I really wonder why Florio gave up being a lawyer.
    The fact is that he knows as much as you and I do. NOTHING!
    It could be that with all the attention that this has gotten a presser is what he decides to use to comment on the case and what he will be doing.
    Wouldn’t they notify the accused that charges are pending before they announced it to the press?
    But, then again, Ben could be fitted for a nice orange jump suit with an easy to open “rear flap”.

  31. robert ethan says: Apr 9, 2010 11:54 AM

    LOL, looking at the Union-Recorder writeup, the next story is that they arrested a guy for a murder committed March 8.
    Probably the one the officers viewing the club video tapes left to respond to. Tying up loose strings in Milledgeville.

  32. wgw27 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:54 AM

    Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr maybe he’s calling a press conference because it’s a high profile case. Don’t forget they called a PC early on and wasted our time by saying nothing. Way to talk about both sides of it.

  33. ASUbucknasty says: Apr 9, 2010 11:56 AM

    hope you are right. Too much smoke not to be a fire with Ben.
    Hey Ben:
    Even if you say “Common you know you want it” first it is still rape.

  34. Ridnaway says: Apr 9, 2010 11:58 AM

    Sound reasoning Florio. I’m expecting something akin to gross sexual imposition, especially if the girl had any visible bruises or other indications that she was doing something against her will.
    I just hope she’s ready to face up to every bad thing Ben’s cutthroat lawyers have already dug up from her past. The assault that awaits her might make the one she’s endured seem small.

  35. BBB82 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:58 AM

    A decision that fast is not looking good for Rapistberger…

  36. superius says: Apr 9, 2010 11:59 AM

    Could be a press conference to announce why not and explain the reasons so as to give the appearance of no special treatment for a celeb.
    I’m not a steelers fan so I guess it doesn’t make a difference but I don’t generally root for a guy to be a criminal….unless he plays for the Jets.

  37. Whines_Hard.86 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:00 PM

    I think a press conference would be needed either way. You mean to tell me that if no charges are filed, there won’t be a million questions to be answered? Like, “what evidence lead to no charges being filed?” This is a very serious matter, and if no crime was committed, someone has a lot of explaining to do. There has been serious damage done to Ben’s reputation, and if he is innocent, he deserves to have his name cleared through the media.

  38. SteelTown_6 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:03 PM

    This can only mean one thing.
    Not enough evidence to proceed, or not guilty.
    Otherwise, they’d file charges and issue an arrest warrant immediately.
    They don’t wait until after the weekend to go after guilty people…
    Let the Haters Suicide Watch begin.

  39. house068 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:03 PM

    “Regardless of whether he’ll be running again in as little as two years, Bright’s position is, at a certain level, inherently political. And it simply wouldn’t be politically prudent to hold a press conference aimed at telling the world that one of the locals is lying.”
    Just because he won’t be pressing charges doesn’t mean he is saying she is lying. He could be doing this to say that there is a lack of evidence into what really happened and because of this, they can’t press charges.
    He could be doing this because of the fame of the accused and wants to get it in the open and over with so that they can move on.

  40. tt0074958 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:04 PM

    It is possible that, since it’s such a high-profile case, that he would hold a press conference regardless of his intentions.

  41. RavensFreak00 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:06 PM

    Yeah, that he’s innocent.

  42. themage78 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:08 PM

    What if he’s holding a press conference to say charges won’t be filed because there’s not enough evidence to do so? Not that he believes the woman is lying but the evidence is circumstanial?
    I really think Ben is going to be charged though. Less then a week means there has to be a lot of evidence to show something went on.

  43. Didier says: Apr 9, 2010 12:10 PM

    This means he will not be charged because if he were going to be charged, more time would have elapsed between receipt of the police report and the DA’s announcement to allow negotiations between the DA and defense counsel.
    The DA, in my opinion, will announce that as the result of the investigation, there is not enough evidence to file charges against Roethlisberger.
    The DA certainly will not exonerate him, but will simply state that there is not enough evidence.
    The fact that Roethlisberger didn’t talk to police means that his attorney advised that it wasn’t necessary because the evidence was insufficient to institute charges.
    Competent DAs don’t press charges against a high profile suspect based upon “he said, she said” evidence.
    Frankly, Mike, I’m a little surprised you didn’t reach the same conclusion.

  44. Igottz5onit says: Apr 9, 2010 12:11 PM

    That is some great reasoning…

  45. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 9, 2010 12:11 PM

    It’s going to be fun to watch you eat your twisted words Florio.
    You’re just as bad as the rest of the bloodthirsty lynch mob that you cater to, with your constant anti-Ben spins on every story.
    Do you really believe the DA is going to wait until Monday to announce that charges will be filed, and that they believe he’s guilty?
    If so, I wouldn’t be too happy about that if I was a tax-paying voter in his district.
    If the guy’s guilty, charge him & arrest his ass NOW.
    Florio’s just blowing more smoke for page hits.
    Move along, nothing to see here

  46. TealDeal says: Apr 9, 2010 12:15 PM

    If the glove fits, you must…oh wait

  47. roadkill says: Apr 9, 2010 12:15 PM

    A press conference seems kind of funky. Could it be because they want an opportunity to explain why they won’t be charging him with a crime?
    If it’s just a grandstanding event to garner votes, that’s pretty sad.

  48. C.J. says: Apr 9, 2010 12:17 PM

    Didn’t the DA in Northern California hold a news conference saying he wasn’t pursuing the Tom Cable incident?

  49. Barnstormer says: Apr 9, 2010 12:20 PM

    Burgerface will get off. The question is how much it cost him to buy his way out.

  50. DoomsDayD75 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:23 PM

    Sounds like Ben’s going to be losing quite a bit of money soon! He’ll need to do a new Nike commercial just like Tiger did to help his image. I’m thinking we can have zombie Terry Bradshaw do the voice over instead of Tigers dad.
    Here are some suggested quotes for the commercial.
    “I may be dumb, but I’m not stupid.”
    “People respect you more if you just play and blow something out than if you take the easier road. That’s how we think. You get more respect and people play harder for you. Just play till you blow it. Just play till it goes. ”
    And my personal favorite:
    “I just like to catch fish, I don’t care if it weighs half a pound or 10 pounds. But I can’t do a lot of casting. I can work a jig or a worm. But not for long, especially if the big ones are biting. Those big bass will make it hurt after a while.”

  51. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 9, 2010 12:24 PM

    That South Park episode was on again last night. Does anyone NOT think the Rothelisberger character is a riot on that?

  52. footballtalk247 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:31 PM

    If the DA has enough evidence to pursue an indictment, why wait until Monday at 2pm to do so?

  53. monger says: Apr 9, 2010 12:36 PM

    On the plus side for the Steelers, the Eagles are still looking to move Vick. One QB goes to jail, replace him with another that just got out of jail. Vick will be able to mentor Ben through the whole process.

  54. superbowl says: Apr 9, 2010 12:37 PM

    why do these locals waste taxpayer money and PURPOSELY elevate these hi-profile cases.
    Send him the charges via his attorney, no conference, no way to mess up and NO tax payer expenses. it is all public knowledge and the reporters can simply do their own homework.
    there is nothing he can say at a press conference anyway other than get some FREE publicity for his mug!!
    this practice MUST END.
    TEABAG it baby.

  55. Katmanduu says: Apr 9, 2010 12:39 PM

    FINALLY!! Now, if only we could all see the smug looks on the Raven fans’ faces and the thought of Ben ripping through that crap secondary twice next season is music to our ears. Nothing like seeing nervous Ravens fans crying “oh $hit….here we go again. Why oh why can’t we ever beat this team when it counts?”
    Ravens fans, try rooting for a real winner. Heck, I couldn’t bring myself to root for a team that is too chickenshit to play somewhere on a Monday night, in fear of getting their johnsons kicked in….AGAIN.

  56. troll_aikman8 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:43 PM

    He’s innocent.
    -Mike Tyson.

  57. salmen76 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:44 PM

    Well said Mike……you do know your legal matters….Big Ben is no-good-for-nothin-low-life rapist…..plain and simple…..i gave him the benifit of the doubt when the girl in vegas made her allegations against him……..but this time i figured, where there’s smoke, there’s fire; witnesses said Ben’s goons gaurded the door so he could take advantage of her in her drunken state in the restroom……she emerged bleeding and crying……guess Ben don’t have enough charm to win a girl in a respectful way…..he deserves the electric chair……but he will at least get prison…..then he’ll find out he ain’t as tough as he thinks he is……people looking for trouble ain’t near as tough as the ones waiting for it….bye bye Ben…..

  58. ernie cohen says: Apr 9, 2010 12:44 PM

    I thought that a press conference is to confer with the press. Regardless of his decision, there are likely to be questions, so a press conference is not unreasonable.

  59. Steeler-lady says: Apr 9, 2010 12:46 PM

    lol A press conference ia alot more professional than speaking with TMZ.LOL

  60. Deb says: Apr 9, 2010 12:46 PM

    Wow … you had to work hard to create a “Ben will be indicted” article out of the tidbit that there will be a press conference on Monday.
    The girl isn’t a local–she’s from Atlanta. Even if she were local, I doubt a guy up for re-election two years from now would be overly concerned about the votes of one family. If he decides not to indict, the implications about the girl’s credibility are the same whether he issues a statement or announces at a press conference.
    This is a high-profile case that’s garnered a lot of media attention and the police press spokesman already has said the authorities are tired of the second-guessing. I assumed they’d make a public announcement of their decision either way.
    This was one of your sillier stretches.

  61. Ollie says: Apr 9, 2010 12:46 PM

    I am not an expert by any means, but I would think that in a case as public as this has been, a press conference would be in order even if charges were not filed.

  62. mmdd1111 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:49 PM

    Hey Trjxal, you are WRONG. She agreed to meet with investigators AGAIN. Get your facts straight before you spout off. Ben is the one who not only refused to give another interview, but his lawyer said they would cooperate fully, even give a DNA sample…all of which they did not do. The investigators then decided they did not need a DNA sample. Ben was not going to give them one voluntarily. Makes you wonder what he’s hiding from, huh?? You must just be another idiot Steeler fan who doesn’t care what kind of jerk is on your team.

  63. Kaz says: Apr 9, 2010 12:50 PM

    I never thought I’de say this……. I can’t wait till Monday!

  64. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 12:51 PM

    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
    If indictment, Rooneys to do MAJOR damage control! H-I-S-T-O-R-Y is how you spell Ben’s last name.

  65. StraighttoJail says: Apr 9, 2010 12:51 PM

    I saw Roethlisberger at few years back at a CHARITY golf tournament in Lake Tahoe (you know, a golf tournament that’s suppose to be good PR and has much fan interaction). I didn’t care for him before then and since, won’t even watch a game he’s playing in. He was the most arrogant man I’d ever met and the way he treated the kids (kids 8 – 12 years old) by refusing to talk with them or sign autographs for them was shameful.
    If he can treat KIDS this way, there is NO DOUBT in my mind that he would think he’s above the law and can have any woman any way he wants – even if/when she says no! Nothing but another athlete who thinks he’s entitled!

  66. damnitall says: Apr 9, 2010 12:56 PM

    Or maybe they’re going to press charges and are waiting until Monday to make the announcement so Ben and his attorney’s can arrange how Ben will turn himself in.

  67. ForrestGump says: Apr 9, 2010 1:00 PM

    # footballtalk247 says: April 9, 2010 12:31 PM
    “If the DA has enough evidence to pursue an indictment, why wait until Monday at 2pm to do so?”
    Exactly.
    If he was going to be charged, meaning enough evidence existed, they wouldn’t be waiting at all to arrest and charge him.

  68. Maddog says: Apr 9, 2010 1:02 PM

    Just seems to me that if he were going to file charges, he’d just file charges. He wouldn’t need to explain things. Charges have been filed. If he’s not going to file charges he would need to explain why.

  69. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 1:06 PM

    SteelNotSober,
    FINALLY a Steeler fan who makes sense. I believe the charges have merit, however everything else you said is true. He’s a HUGE liability to the team and the Rooneys won’t think twice about letting him go. His big money doesn’t start till this year anyways. Don’t think for a minute he wouldn’t be in trouble again in the near future either.
    The Steelers will make the playoffs without him. HE is not the team. I do believe there are MANY others that make up that team and many classy guys too.

  70. yazman of steel says: Apr 9, 2010 1:23 PM

    Florio, the GENIUS, bases his whole argument on why he thinks charges will be filed based on the DA getting elected by the vote of one local person, who is actually a college student, and not a local at all.
    All you Steeler haters, biting on this argument hard is FUNNY!

  71. ForrestGump says: Apr 9, 2010 1:24 PM

    Dear Reba,
    Following Monday’s announcement and subsequent exoneration of Ben Roethlisberger, please help yourself to a nice warm cup of STFU.

  72. HamBurghlar says: Apr 9, 2010 1:24 PM

    HURR DURRR Rapistberger, Santurdio, guilty, HURR DURR..
    Just wanted to see what it felt like to sound like an idiot, just like most of you douchebags.
    INN-O-CENT, say it with me kids!

  73. yyys says: Apr 9, 2010 1:25 PM

    Deb, I agree with you. Florio is stretching
    so far he must be ten feet tall by now.
    If 50% of what I have read is true:
    The girl was drinking under age…must have
    provided fake I.D. She was also very drunk.
    Hard to remember what happened ten minutes
    ago when you’re drunk ..let alone several weeks
    later.
    My bet is that no charges will be filed based
    on lack of evidence. BR will remain with the
    Steelers after making some major apologies
    to a lot of people.
    Florio will be in a horrible mood come Monday
    at 2:30.

  74. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 1:27 PM

    trjuxal,
    The victim did complete a second interview with the police and investigators… dummy.
    StraighttoJail,
    Amen!!! All he feels is entitled! Mr God complex himself. If he gets off, no pun intended, you can BET his bank account is light right now! If this press conference is to file charges, what do you think the prosecutors in NV will think? Hmm. Hey Ben do you hear a lot of “cha-ching” coming out of your bank account? Oh wait! The Rooneys cut you… no more “cha-ching” going in either.

  75. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 1:32 PM

    Hey ForrestGump,
    They did the press conference for Michael Vick…

  76. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 1:41 PM

    Per ForrestGump
    Dear Reba,
    Following Monday’s announcement and subsequent exoneration of Ben Roethlisberger, please help yourself to a nice warm cup of STFU.
    ____________________________
    N-E-V-E-R

  77. jersey73 says: Apr 9, 2010 2:07 PM

    Who cares if he is even found guilty…can’t the Rooney family call their buddy Obama for a Presidential pardon???

  78. ForrestGump says: Apr 9, 2010 2:09 PM

    Can’t wait for Monday, just to watch Reba go all PMS-ballistic.
    btw, Reba, know why they call it PMS?
    Cuz “Mad Cow” was taken.

  79. jlbay says: Apr 9, 2010 2:10 PM

    “Also, the fact that Roethlisberger has opted not to submit to a follow up interview leaves Bright with a potentially skewed version of the facts. If he believes the alleged victim’s account, and if Roethlisberger has said nothing that plausibly contradicts her, there’s no reason to do anything other than pursue an indictment.”
    Ok there is so much wrong with this statement that I don’t even know where to start.
    First, Florio, it is hard to believe you have a law degree – hey I did know where to start after all.
    Second, everyone in this country has a constitution right to remain silent . . . that right is ongoing; it is not a right that you waive and then cannot exercise at a later date. At any point in time a person can exercise the right to silence . . . and the exercising of that right is not to be interrupted as an admission of guilt . . . hell one a person exercises their 5 amendment right to not testify and incriminate themselves the judge gives specific instructions to the jury that they are not to interpret the witnesses silence as a measure of guilt.
    Third the facts, if they are indeed facts, cannot have a skewed version – thus the term facts. What Bright might have a potential skewed version of is the events that unfolded that night . . . but hopefully the police and GBI did enough leg work to separate the facts from the perceptions of the accused and accuser.
    Finally, the statement that if Bright believes the accuser then there is “no reason to do anything other than pursue an indictment.” is absolute and completely false. If Bright believes the accuser, but there is simply no evidence other than her word to support a conviction, and Bright therefore feels that a conviction is very unlikely . . . well then he might be calling a press conference to explain that there is no evidence other than the woman’s accusation . . . therefore it is not judicially prudent to pursue the case.
    Jeez Florio, I use to read the comments about your Roethlesberger posts and think the folks who say you are bias where just paranoid . . . but I have to say your posts about BR really appear to a completely neutral observe to be really skewed . . . maybe you should hand these posts off to someone who can remain a little more objective.

  80. florio4prez says: Apr 9, 2010 2:14 PM

    Duh, there are THREE (count ‘em) options for the DA:
    (1) charge Big Ben,
    (2) dismiss the charges, or
    (3) refer the case to a grand jury.
    The grand jury is scheduled to convene in July but it has been reported on KDKA TV in Pgh that the grand jury could possibly be called in May.
    So while everyone here, INCLUDING Mike, seems intent on debating whether and why the DA will charge Big Ben or dismiss the case on Monday, the DA could clearly be calling the presser to announce that the case is being referred to the grand jury.
    Mike, have you ever shown/linked us any documents that verify you truly are/were a practicing attorney?

  81. stlrnut30 says: Apr 9, 2010 2:19 PM

    Hey Florio,
    Did you read this article out of Pittsburgh?
    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — Baldwin County District Attorney Fred Bright said today he completed his investigation into allegations that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted a Georgia College & State University student and will announce the results Monday.
    A criminal lawyer not connected with the case said that likely means no charges will happen in the case.
    “The investigation, interviews, and report in the Roethlisberger matter have been completed and reviewed,” Bright said in a prepared statement. “We will be announcing the decision in this case at a news conference to be held on Monday.”
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Milledgeville Police Department sent a joint report to Bright’s office Tuesday. Bright, 54, declined further comment.
    A 20-year-old sorority member told police around 2:30 a.m. March 5 that Roethlisberger, 28, attacked her in a restroom at Capital City, a popular downtown dance club, after celebrating his birthday with friends.
    The Tribune-Review does not name the alleged victims of sex abuse.
    “Had they wanted to arrest Roethlisberger, they would’ve issued a warrant, not waited for a press conference on Monday,” said B.J. Bernstein of Atlanta, one of the nation’s most high-profile defense attorneys.
    “If they had wanted to send this matter to a grand jury, which is a closed process, they would not have a public press conference to do that,” Bernstein said. “Most likely, what we’re seeing here is that the district attorney has chosen to drop the matter.”
    Baldwin County court staff said the district attorney’s office did not request a special grand jury be impaneled. The next scheduled round of subpoenas for a July grand jury won’t go out until late June.
    Bright could end the matter Monday, but a seven-year statute of limitations would linger if new evidence impugning Roethlisberger surfaced.
    Bright could present what police found to 26 members of the grand jury, to try to secure an indictment. Or, he could issue an arrest warrant and allow Roethlisberger the chance to plead his case before a prelimary hearing in Baldwin County.
    “What we’ve seen play out in Milledgeville is exactly how these cases should function, but often don’t,” said Bernstein, a former assistant prosecutor perhaps best known for securing the release of Genarlow Wilson, a 17-year-old black man convicted of sexually molesting a 15-year-old white girl at a 2005 party — a conviction the Georgia Supreme Court agreed was “grossly disproportionate” to the act.
    “Typically, cases like the Roethlisberger matter are handled differently. It’s not unusual, as in this matter, to not have DNA present. It comes down to ‘he said, she said.’ Police departments will receive an allegation and talk to both parties and then make an arrest, arguing that they will let the case go down the system with a jury possibly making the final inquiry about the facts.
    “So arrests happen pretty quickly. We didn’t see that happen here.”
    The accuser has filed no civil action against Roethlisberger, but under Georgia law has two years to decide whether to do so. She hired Atlanta attorney Lee Parks Jr., who said today he has “no comment.”
    A female casino employee in Lake Tahoe, Nev., accuses Roethlisberger of raping her in 2008, an allegation he denies.
    Milledgeville is located about 80 miles south of Atlanta. Roethlisberger owns a lakeside mansion about 30 miles north of here.

  82. Holeinone09 says: Apr 9, 2010 2:21 PM

    I am happy to see that the DA did exactly what I suggested yesterday, and that is be able to make an expeditious decision on this. After a month of investigation, he was able to determine whether there was a compelling case or not. I am happy we will find out sooner than later.
    I could make a case either way as to the outcome. I don’t think having a press conference means anything one way or the other. But, if I had to make a bet, I would say he will conclude there is not enough evidence to convict. Certainly from what has been publicly reported I can’t see how a criminal case could be made. I think if the DA had to ponder it longer than he did, it might mean he was trying to determine if there might be enough, but since he made his mind up pretty fast, I think there is a higher probability there is not enough to convict. I could be wrong.
    And while I am happy to get an answer Monday, I will be out of the country on vacation and won’t be able to participate in the undoubted thousands of posts that Florio will generate with his multiple follow up stories on this! Damn!
    GO STEELERS!!

  83. Deb says: Apr 9, 2010 2:57 PM

    @Holeinone09 …
    You lucky dog! Talk about great timing!! Regardless of the decision, you can leave all this turmoil behind.
    But … whether you’re vacationing for a week or a month, I’m sure Florio will still be generating follow-up stories when you get back. It’s so hard to give up a goldmine ;-)

  84. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 2:59 PM

    Run Forrest Run!!!
    I enjoy the fact that I am singled out regarding the posts against Roethlisberger. I laugh my butt off! LOL LOL I can really hit some buttons. I actually had one uneducated “lady” start swearing her butt off. Click, click, click.. are those the buttons I’m pressing on you guys? LOL
    If he gets off, this is just another OJ story. He’ll screw up again and get the book thrown at him.
    Also, I read in a post about a judge educating a jury not to hold the defendant’s silence against him. Yeah, right. Apparently this person has never sat in on a jury. Are you kidding me? It is SOOO held against them. The judge would NEVER know. What a joke.

  85. bluestree says: Apr 9, 2010 3:05 PM

    yyys says:
    April 9, 2010 1:25 PM
    The girl was drinking under age…must have
    provided fake I.D. She was also very drunk.
    Hard to remember what happened ten minutes
    ago when you’re drunk ..let alone several weeks
    later.
    ————————
    So if a girl’s drunk she’s fair game, and if she’s under age and sneaks into a bar, even more so? What if she’s wearing something sexy? That means she wants it?

  86. fc1_87 says: Apr 9, 2010 3:13 PM

    “.RebaT says:
    April 9, 2010 2:59 PM
    Run Forrest Run!!!
    I enjoy the fact that I am singled out regarding the posts against Roethlisberger. I laugh my butt off! LOL LOL I can really hit some buttons. I actually had one uneducated “lady” start swearing her butt off. Click, click, click.. are those the buttons I’m pressing on you guys? LOL”
    It is fun to watch. But with some of these guys is it really that difficult to spin them up?

  87. Deb says: Apr 9, 2010 3:17 PM

    @bluestree …
    yyys was addressing her credibility as a witness, not suggesting it’s okay to assault a drunk girl.
    But I suspect you knew that.

  88. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 3:21 PM

    bluestree,
    Every woman that comes into contact with Ben is apparently a whore, a gold digger or both and they all “ask for it” according to this crowd. Man, if he marries I guess he’ll marry a whore, a gold digger or both. Ben is somewhat like Mick Jagger. Ugly as can be and the only thing that attracts the ladies is either his money or celebrity; otherwise they would just walk on by.

  89. yyys says: Apr 9, 2010 3:22 PM

    Bluestree, no..she is not fair game. My point
    was that it will be difficult to press charges
    when the only info you might have is from
    someone who has been drinking..a lot. Drinking
    causes one to not have the best memory or
    recollection. It can also cause overreactions.
    I also don’t think she is completely innocent.
    If she was drinking..then she is guilty of
    underage drinking.
    He said, she said. BR should know better.
    If there are charges..then he deserves them.

  90. Stihler fan says: Apr 9, 2010 3:24 PM

    If Bright indicts without a lot more evidence than what we know about now, Steeler Nation will make sure someone runs against him and we’ll make sure his opponent has plenty of money! GO STEELERS!!

  91. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 3:34 PM

    fc1_87
    No, it’s not hard to get them into a Tizzy! LOL

  92. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 3:53 PM

    Per yyys
    “Drinking causes one to not have the best memory or recollection. It can also cause overreactions.”
    _________________________
    So, how drunk was Ben again? Being drunk causes overreactions.

  93. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 4:02 PM

    Stihler fan
    “If Bright indicts without a lot more evidence than what we know about now, Steeler Nation will make sure someone runs against him and we’ll make sure his opponent has plenty of money! GO STEELERS!!”
    Oh yeah.. uh huh. That’ll happen when the sun rises in the west. What a joke. How much are you going to contribute to the coup d’etat?

  94. Stihler fan says: Apr 9, 2010 4:22 PM

    .RebaT
    Unfortunately, for you, I won’t have to send any money because he won’t indict. But if I do, I promise to let you come and lick “the stamp”. Why do you think the refs fix games for the Steelers? Fear of Steeler Nation, that’s why. You know what John Madden says!

  95. Stihler fan says: Apr 9, 2010 4:45 PM

    RebaT
    Why do you think the refs fix games for the Steelers? Fear of Steeler Nation (remember what Madden said?)! Bright should fear Steeler Nation also!!

  96. Deb says: Apr 9, 2010 5:16 PM

    .RebaT says:
    April 9, 2010 4:02 PM
    Stihler fan
    “If Bright indicts without a lot more evidence than what we know about now, Steeler Nation will make sure someone runs against him and we’ll make sure his opponent has plenty of money! GO STEELERS!!”
    Oh yeah.. uh huh. That’ll happen when the sun rises in the west. What a joke. How much are you going to contribute to the coup d’etat?
    ————————-
    @Stihler fan …
    Please don’t post silly things that put me in the position of having to agree with RebaT.

  97. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 6:01 PM

    Well Stihler fan,
    You just got Deb to agree with me on your last post.. you moron.

  98. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 6:03 PM

    Stihler fan
    My my, you should leave your “stamp” for the Mrs.

  99. Terry says: Apr 9, 2010 6:44 PM

    Florio, I rarely agree with you on legal matters, however, I think you hit this one on the head; there’s absolutely NO reason to hold a press conference to announce NO CHARGES!

  100. SteelTown_6 says: Apr 9, 2010 7:26 PM

    Wow, for a stupid bitch that never knows what she’s talking about, she sure is full of herself isn’t she?
    10-1 says she answers this post with a response even though she isn’t even named in it.
    Her inflated sense of herself won’t allow her not to.

  101. MoSteelers says: Apr 9, 2010 7:26 PM

    Well all you haters, hold your breath till monday. This decision could make or break y’alls season. Lol

  102. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 7:41 PM

    Ben should have spoken up and said something more than he did at the scene. He told the cops that night they had sexual contact. Then he hires Garland and he investigated it himself? That’s strange in itself. Why doesn’t his own atty believe his word? Garland also had to do some damage control because Ben already admitted to sexual contact. Now he says nothing. Everybody is stating he said, she said. Why should she be less creditable than he? He was drunk too. He had the bodyguards blocking everything. One of her friends tried to get to her and she was pushed out by the bodyguards.
    He’s more believeable for what reasons? 1) He’s a man 2) He’s a football player 3) He has 2 SB rings 4) He has a 100 million contract.
    None of these reasons are good enough to make him more believeable than she. There is merit to these allegations and soon to be charges.

  103. Deb says: Apr 9, 2010 8:05 PM

    RebaT …
    You have no idea what Ben told the officers at the scene. They have not released that information. Defense attorneys–even public defenders–routinely conduct their own investigations. It has nothing to do with believing their clients. You have no idea whether Ben admitted to sexual contact. That came from an unnamed source reported by a TV station a month ago. You have no idea what his BAC was that night. A bartender told ESPN that an unnamed woman said she “thought” her friend may have gone into the bathroom and she “thought” one of Ben’s friends was blocking the doorway but she wasn’t sure. Then the woman disappeared.
    The incident report says the accuser made an allegation of “sexual manipulation.” Ben’s attorney said no crime occurred. The police withdrew their DNA request, according to Garland, because they had no sample from the woman to match. Those are the ONLY facts that have been released by the authorities, and there is no way you can look at those facts and make any sound judgment one way or the other.
    Why don’t we wait until Monday and see what the DA says?

  104. Fierceblues says: Apr 9, 2010 8:12 PM

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged after an investigation into accusations of sexual assault by a 20-year-old woman in Georgia, sources told ESPN.
    Sources confirmed to ESPN’s Kelly Naqi that District Attorney Fred Bright will announce on Monday that charges will not be brought against Roethlisberger. Bright said in a statement Friday he has reviewed all the investigation reports

  105. blitzburgh1 says: Apr 9, 2010 8:22 PM

    umm…….Deb. Please don’t confuse them with facts.

  106. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 8:30 PM

    Deb,
    I am talking about all these people on the board here who automatically believe the chick is lying. Why? Also, why wasn’t Ben’s BAC taken? Cha-ching.
    If they don’t charge him, his nickname won’t be Big Ben.. It will be OJ, Jr.

  107. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 8:34 PM

    ESPN is reporting no charges. That’s a load of crap. Ben got off AGAIN. He’s stupid and will do it again.

  108. .RebaT says: Apr 9, 2010 8:56 PM

    OMG. He got away with it again!! That’s 3 stupid mistakes. He’ll make another one, guaranteed.

  109. Deb says: Apr 9, 2010 9:49 PM

    RebaT …
    His BAC wasn’t taken because he wasn’t driving or behaving in a manner that indicated public intoxication. They had no legal reason to take his BAC.
    IF her BAC was taken–and we don’t know that it was because the police answered “no comment” to that question at the press conference–it’s because she voluntarily went to the hospital and it was part of the blood workup. The stories about her BAC are also hearsay.
    Your assumptions about him getting away with something aren’t based on anything evidentiary. They’re just based on your dislike of Ben.

  110. SteelTown_6 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:43 PM

    # Terry says: April 9, 2010 6:44 PM
    “Florio, I rarely agree with you on legal matters, however, I think you hit this one on the head; there’s absolutely NO reason to hold a press conference to announce NO CHARGES!”
    Uhm, that’s exactly what happened in the Tom Cable case last year. Due to the high profile nature of the case, the local DA called a press conference to announce that NO CHARGES would be filed.

  111. Jamson64 says: Apr 10, 2010 12:17 AM

    Of course they will have a presser no matter what. Why miss out on all that pub?

  112. .RebaT says: Apr 10, 2010 2:03 AM

    Ben is a criminal and his time will come. I used to like him till his actions at charity events, etc. He’s a moron. I think his idol was OJ.

  113. Deb says: Apr 10, 2010 1:04 PM

    RebaT …
    If you used to like him, I’d seriously like to know what changed your mind. I get that he can be a real jackass. Was he rude to you? If so, I don’t blame you for thinking he’s a moron. I’ve had athletes be rude to me and I feel the same way. But it doesn’t make them criminals.
    If the stories about how he treats fans are true, I hope the Rooneys slap him around and make him clean up his act. But I really have followed that Nevada case closely and there’s just no evidence that he’s done anything criminal there. I’m hoping the DA will provide some details about what went on in Georgia because right now we don’t know anything. We don’t even know what she says he did to her. If I believed he’d abused a woman, I’d want his head on a platter, but there’s just no evidence to indicate that.

  114. Steeler-lady says: Apr 11, 2010 9:44 AM

    well STRAIGHTOTJAIL,I attend training camp every year,n Ben has always been GREAT with the fans,…Hes always willing to sign stuff when they are allowed…Sometimes they arent allowed to stop n sign either.Sometimes you dont know whos gonna come out of where either…they pick n choose who comes out on the autographing side of the campus.The only player i have ever witnessed be an ass at camp was Plaxico…his rookie season nontheless and years to follow…EVERYONE stopped to sign n he snubbed everyone.
    So im not sure you can use just your one time experience with Ben as a judging stick…People talk about him dissing a Make a Wish but if i recall that incident well …that was his PR guys fault not his.. he had him booked elsewhere that day … Ive seen Ben attend Childrens Hospital all the time so i truly dont think hed ignore anyone on purpose.
    I do find it hilarious that until NOW noone has ever discredited Ben in the community/charity work… lol only now they are…its their day in the spotlight.

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