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JaMarcus Russell's lawyer predicts exoneration

One thing I learned during my currently mothballed law practice is that any lawyer who pretends to know in advance the outcome of a legal case is lying, stupid, or both.

Eventually, we’ll find out the category into which Donald Briskman fits.

On Thursday, the man who represents former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell predicted eventual exoneration, keeping alive the unbroken 234-year streak of American lawyers not pulling an Al Pacino on their clients.

“I think at the end of the day, JaMarcus is going to be acquitted and
will go on about the business of getting on with his career,” Briskman told Mike Herndon of the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register.

Before Russell gets on with his career, he needs to do something to demonstrate he actually wants a career.  But we think there’s a good chance that he won’t truly be interested in playing football again unless and until his money runs out.

Briskman also took issue with the suggestion that Russell was not targeted in the investigation. 

“There was close to a dozen people [in Russell's house],” Briskman said.  “I think the facts speak for themselves.  Of course he was targeted.”

Frankly, whether he was targeted doesn’t matter.  The only question is whether Russell illegally was in possession of a controlled substance.  And Briskman would be wise to refrain from saying or doing anything that would cause Russell to believe that beating the rap will be easy or automatic.

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32 Responses to “JaMarcus Russell's lawyer predicts exoneration”
  1. joetoronto says: Jul 9, 2010 8:25 AM

    The idiot had an open door policy, kids were there on a daily basis.
    He’s done.

  2. certaincoachditka says: Jul 9, 2010 8:28 AM

    Followed by triumphant return to the Raiders.

  3. sacdaddy says: Jul 9, 2010 8:30 AM

    Of course his legal counsel in going to consistently spew b.s. out of his mouth.. that’s what a J.D. entitles you to. I don’t have to tell you this Florio.

  4. tv says: Jul 9, 2010 8:31 AM

    His lawyer has obviously been hitting the Purple Drank!

  5. jb10 says: Jul 9, 2010 8:33 AM

    russell will never play another down in the nfl. i doubt a coach and/or gm would touch him.

  6. paleandpasty says: Jul 9, 2010 8:37 AM

    pass the sizzurp

  7. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Jul 9, 2010 8:43 AM

    My prediction for JaMarcass:
    obamination, obesity, multiple short stints in jail, then eventual bankruptcy by age 30.

  8. Patsfan1776 says: Jul 9, 2010 8:49 AM

    Maybe we can trade him to Russia for half a bottle of vodka and one of those furry hats?

  9. wydok says: Jul 9, 2010 8:51 AM

    You know what would have been funny? If he said
    “Oh, Jamarcus is guilty as ****. He is so screwed.”

  10. Nevisyakker says: Jul 9, 2010 8:54 AM

    The lawyer has a better chance of playing QB in the NFL than Russell.
    And Russell’s next million comes from…endorsement contract from Robitussin

  11. jbraider says: Jul 9, 2010 8:54 AM

    From my experience working with the Patent Office, any sentence containing the words “lawyer”, “stupid” and “lying” has at least 2 redundant words.
    Having said that, the good news here is that JaMarcus is forced to burn through his ill-gotten gains to keep his fat a$$ out of jail. He’ll be on the street in no time

  12. realitypolice says: Jul 9, 2010 8:55 AM

    I am totally stunned that his lawyer predicted he would be aquitted. Who would have thought that the person hired to get him aquitted would predict that???
    *eyes rolling*

  13. StillMadAtSlobber says: Jul 9, 2010 8:58 AM

    I predict more purple drank in JaBustell’s future

  14. hutch says: Jul 9, 2010 9:03 AM

    Wow, lawyer claims his client is innocent and he’ll get off…shocking. Just once, I want a lawyer to have the following comment “Well, my client is guilty as hell, but probably lucky because they didn’t find the dead hooker in the trunk or realize he stole the car. We’ll be pleading guilty as quickly as possible and saving the taxpayers and wasted money on a trial. “

  15. poonhok says: Jul 9, 2010 9:11 AM

    to which Russell replied: “I don’t know what that word means, but if it’s good, it’s me…..”

  16. Catamount says: Jul 9, 2010 9:13 AM

    In almost every criminal case, the defendant is not the sleeziest person in the courtroom. This is a feeble attempt to sway opinion using the press as a tool. AND/OR to use a high profile case to advertise your law firm. Either way, the tactics of desperate men.

  17. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jul 9, 2010 9:14 AM

    Russell will replace the soon-to-be-departed Tom Brady in New England
    Belicheat then concocts new cheating scheme – replace opposing team’s Gatoraid with “Purple Drank”
    Using Belicheat’s amazing new scheme, Patsies go on to win 4-consecutive Super Bowls, outscoring opponents by an average of 50-points per game over a 4-year period. Despite the exposure of the cheating scandal, and the jailing of most of the Patsie front office and coaching staff, ESPN and Sports Illustrated and PFT proclaim the Patsies “Greatest Sporting Team of All-Time Forever and Ever and Ever”
    Roger Goodell goes into a coma after drinking several gallons of Purple Drank in order to ensure no other team can get ahold of it and create a “competetive advantage”
    Jamarcus will then enter the Hall of Fame by unanimous first-ballot vote of idiot sports writers. Boston fans build a billion dollar shrine to Jamarcus, next door to the billion dollar shrines to Belicheat and Teddy Kennedy

  18. homerunharrigan says: Jul 9, 2010 9:29 AM

    “I think at the end of the day, JaMarcus is going to be acquitted and will go on about the business of getting on with his career,”
    What career?

  19. 6250claimer says: Jul 9, 2010 9:32 AM

    He should change his name to Blane Brazil, and spend the next year and a half chasing skanks in Vegas with Ron Mexico. The money ought to last about that long.

  20. Buck Stallion says: Jul 9, 2010 9:36 AM

    How is it stupid to say he thinks his client will be aquited?
    That’s like one team saying they think they are going to win a game. So, if they don’t win, were they stupid for thinking they could win?

  21. SamHam says: Jul 9, 2010 9:37 AM

    Owner Dan Gilbert is my new hero!!

  22. 90ragtop says: Jul 9, 2010 9:38 AM

    “I think at the end of the day, JaMarcus is going to be acquitted and will go on about the business of getting on with his career…”
    *********************
    What career? Flipping burgers at McDonald’s?

  23. FireJerryJones says: Jul 9, 2010 9:44 AM

    I’ll drank to that.

  24. Cmoney20 says: Jul 9, 2010 10:01 AM

    Black QB’s make up approx 15% of the total NFL QB population. However, Black QB’s make up 85% of this website’s material. But you guys are correct, this website does not have a racial obsession.

  25. 2010_DHB_70rec_900yds_10tds says: Jul 9, 2010 10:01 AM

    He is not guilty. Why? Because like it was reported last month, he was is arizona training and getting in shape for his nfl return.

  26. HarrisonHits says: Jul 9, 2010 10:04 AM

    “will go on about the business of getting on with his NEW career”
    Fixed the quote. Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest has just announced Jamarcus has signed up for the 2011 event and is going into immediate training.

  27. steely devil hab says: Jul 9, 2010 10:19 AM

    Nate is Gay for Brady says:
    July 9, 2010 8:43 AM
    My prediction for JaMarcass:
    obamination, obesity, multiple short stints in jail, then eventual bankruptcy by age 30.
    ————————–
    You think he can hang on until 30? I dunno if he can stretch $39 million that long….bling costs, you know.

  28. realitypolice says: Jul 9, 2010 10:47 AM

    Cmoney20 says:
    July 9, 2010 10:01 AM
    Black QB’s make up approx 15% of the total NFL QB population. However, Black QB’s make up 85% of this website’s material. But you guys are correct, this website does not have a racial obsession.
    =====================
    Boy, that’s really stupid. This site reports stories that are in the news. It’s not PFT’s fault that most of the QB’s who have made headlines this offseason are black.
    When Ben Roethlisberger was in the news, this site was all Big Ben, all the time. Ummm……he’s still white, right?
    What would you prefer PFT to write about? Where Matt Ryan went on vacation? What color Matt Schaub’s new Hummer is?
    You should know by now that PFT does none of their own investigative reporting, and simply regurgitates what other websites and media are reporting. So if Vick and Russell weren’t in the news elsewhere, they wouldn’t be here.

  29. Raiders757 says: Jul 9, 2010 11:28 AM

    # Cmoney20 says: July 9, 2010 10:01 AM
    Black QB’s make up approx 15% of the total NFL QB population. However, Black QB’s make up 85% of this website’s material. But you guys are correct, this website does not have a racial obsession.
    ———————————————
    Maybe if all these black QB’s stayed out of trouble, they wouldn’t be in the headlines so much. This isn’t a black and white issue, like your trying to make it out to be. The issue of Vick and Russell has more to do with stupidity, and stupidity has no color boundaries.
    Like Realitypolice pointed out. When Big Ben got in trouble, this site was plastered with Big Big stories. I’m willing to bet that if Vick and Russell were white, most you apologists wouldn’t even care. It’s people like you, Cmoney, who turn this into a race issue.

  30. poonhok says: Jul 9, 2010 11:56 AM

    You guys are not gonna get through to the race hustlers.
    The boogeyman of racism is the lifeblood to some people. It is their excuse to reamain angry and unsuccessful in life….

  31. texansMike says: Jul 9, 2010 12:30 PM

    He is not guilty. Why? Because like it was reported last month, he was is arizona training and getting in shape for his nfl return.
    ———————————————–
    Nah. He was in Texas with Marinavich.

  32. Donna says: Jul 9, 2010 4:39 PM

    Being a resident of BAMA and very familiar with the Mobile area, I have to say Baldwin county sherriffs don’t play! Every year they have Mardi Gras celebration there and one vehicle that is consistent in most all of the parades is a Avalanche truck, loaded, got the nice big crome wheels, bumping audio system, nice paint job too, that adorns the face of the dope dealer they confiscated the vehicle from when they busted him. He’s there painted on the side in his prison orange jumpsuit with hand cuffs and shackels posing as a reminder that you may be able to buy the nice ride with the drug money you make, but we’ll eventually catch you, take it and then make you a public spectacle at one of the biggest events of the year!!
    They also have a “patty wagon” there. Its an old one that actually has bars over the windows where the prisoners are housed for transit. Looks just like the old ones back in the 40’s.

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