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Louisiana State Police to review eavesdropping case by end of week

Mickey Loomis AP

The three-day draft nudged the latest allegations against the Saints to the back burner, but the contention that G.M. Mickey Loomis had the ability to listen to communications in which opposing coaches engaged from 2002 through 2004  has yet to go away.

It soon could.

Steve Wyche of NFL.com reports that the Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmondson said Tuesday that the agency plans to review its findings by the end of week, in order to determine whether enough evidence exists to continue.

At that point, the case could be referred to prosecutors, further investigation could occur, or the matter could be closed.  Even if the case is referred to prosecutors, there’s no guarantee that charges would be filed.

Apart from the potential expiration of the statute of limitations on pursuing a criminal action, any case against Loomis likely would have no physical evidence, since the Superdome has been renovated.  Last week, Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune explained on PFT Live that the suite in which the apparatus allegedly existed was dismantled and removed.

And so, in the end, the case likely would come down to the testimony of a former employee who may have an axe to grind and the unequivocal denials from Loomis.  That’s not nearly enough to satisfy the very high standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, which makes a prosecution far less likely.

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37 Responses to “Louisiana State Police to review eavesdropping case by end of week”
  1. dynastygamer says: May 1, 2012 7:15 PM

    The only good thing for the Saints? Super Bowl championships are a bit too sacred to get revoked.

  2. sdisme says: May 1, 2012 7:16 PM

    Evidence, Evidence who needs evidence?

    —-Roger Goodell

  3. 3octaveFart says: May 1, 2012 7:17 PM

    Louisiana State Police: “Did you do it?”
    Saints: “Nope”
    Louisiana State Police: “Good enough for us…”

  4. petehemlock says: May 1, 2012 7:17 PM

    Who Dat listening in?

  5. babyhorsemorgan says: May 1, 2012 7:19 PM

    State Police haven’t finished gathering enough wiretap evidence for the case to go forward yet.

  6. robert831 says: May 1, 2012 7:24 PM

    Cheaters! Take away the title, force a sale to LA and rid the county of the Aints once and for all.

  7. purplegreenandgold says: May 1, 2012 7:25 PM

    pft says: That’s not nearly enough to satisfy the very high standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, which makes a prosecution far less likely.
    ===================================

    however its enough to run story after story of hypotheticals about it.

  8. illwillthemick says: May 1, 2012 7:27 PM

    seems like a weird thing for the state police to be looking into

  9. bigwinintx says: May 1, 2012 7:27 PM

    The chickens have indeed come home to roost.

  10. mdd913 says: May 1, 2012 7:29 PM

    Evidence? You mean, that thing that proves somebody did something?

    Since when do we need actual evidence? Isn’t hearsay and innuendo enough these days?

  11. nineroutsider says: May 1, 2012 7:30 PM

    It’s completely fake…go read what is known about the crook, I mean former employee. This one is dead. Saints are 1 for 2 in their off season of scandals, not bad. Glad it’s fake, this one would’ve been real messy.

  12. pacificamjr says: May 1, 2012 7:37 PM

    seems like a reputable, non biased organization to lead the efforts on this. NOT!

    7-9

  13. dg0122 says: May 1, 2012 7:38 PM

    I’m sure Col Klink and Sgt Schultz will put forth full effort into the investigation

  14. lolb23 says: May 1, 2012 7:45 PM

    This will leave more damage behind than Hurricane Katrina.

  15. charlutes says: May 1, 2012 7:47 PM

    What a disgusting waste of police resource and time.

  16. vikingamericann says: May 1, 2012 7:49 PM

    Tim Landry the source of the story had an axe to grind. He was fired for stealing from the Saints in 2007.

  17. musicman495 says: May 1, 2012 8:05 PM

    U.S. Attorney Jim Letten has put dozens of crooked politicians in LA in prison over the last several years – including former Congressman “Dollar Bill” Jefferson. If Letten’s investigation says there is nothing to the charges, you can bet it is the truth. Of course, nothing will ever satisfy some of geniuses who write comments on this web site, and think the league should move both the Saints and the 2013 Super Bowl. SMH.

  18. rexismybff says: May 1, 2012 8:07 PM

    “the suite in which the apparatus allegedly existed was dismantled and removed”

    ======================

    How convenient! First Godell burns the SpyGate tapes – now he is destroying entire office suites to get rid of evidence??

  19. whodat2 says: May 1, 2012 8:25 PM

    …..and we’re walking….move along people…nothing to see here! Hey…here’s an idea – how about a story on why this “player punishment” is taking forever…the longer Goodell waits the worse it will get! Problem is the case is OJ weak….and no one is going to admit or write about that…the funny thing is that this is about to blow the wrong way….and watch….they won’t write a thing!

  20. prrebel says: May 1, 2012 8:44 PM

    1. Superdome paid for by Louisiana tax payers and State police investigate all criminal wrongdoing at the state level.

    2. La State police not the same as NOPD. Don’t even try to compare the two of them.

  21. teal379 says: May 1, 2012 8:51 PM

    any case against Loomis likely would have no physical evidence, since the Superdome has been renovated. Last week, Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune explained on PFT Live that the suite in which the apparatus allegedly existed was dismantled and removed.

    And everyone thought there wasn’t much evidence, hard evidence, to the whole bounty thing. Riiiiiiiiiight up until that little point where the audio tape came out. Peyton (I know he’s not connected to this) denied any knowledge of the bounties, riiiiiiiiight before the NFL showed him the emails he received about a 5000 dollar bounty on Aaron Rodgers.

    If they were stupid enough to do that (and continue to deny), Loomis is dumb enough to have left other evidence.

    Not saying it exists but there’s nothing I’ve seen from from the way the Saints handled the whole bounty mess makes me believe they’re bright enough NOT to get caught in something else.

    We just have to wait and see.

  22. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: May 1, 2012 8:56 PM

    In Rogers NFL, You are guilty until proven innocent

  23. melikefootball says: May 1, 2012 9:12 PM

    Is odd that Loomis say no way, no how did I do this yet the State Police are investigating….must be something there or why would they waste their time.

  24. fusion3450 says: May 1, 2012 9:17 PM

    lolb23 says:
    May 1, 2012 7:45 PM
    This will leave more damage behind than Hurricane Katrina.
    ——————–

    once again, do you actually read? or do you just hear and believe whatever you want?

  25. Deb says: May 1, 2012 9:22 PM

    dynastygamer says:

    The only good thing for the Saints? Super Bowl championships are a bit too sacred to get revoked.

    ————————————————-
    The eavesdropping allegedly occurred between 2002 and 2004, so it didn’t have anything to do with their Super Bowl win for the 2009 season.

  26. geauxsaintsforever says: May 1, 2012 9:23 PM

    No worries, I’m sure some ESPN reporter will talk to someone next week who didn’t like the way Loomis, Payton, or Vitt looked at them during the 2007 season, and suddenly will report the Saints are to blame for global warming, destruction of the marshes in southern Louisiana, and our screwed up politicial situation. I had to laugh at ESPN who had the Saints ranked #13 in their power rankings today – are you kidding me, they really believe there are 12 teams better than the Saints? Come on! Let’s prove these jokers wrong this season, Who Dat!!

  27. jason1980 says: May 1, 2012 9:33 PM

    C’mon Saints, let’s crack some skulls this season and show the NFL that we were nice last season, NOT so much this season. Now we are pi$$ed, may the lord help our opposing teams.

  28. warrenmoon says: May 1, 2012 10:23 PM

    Ta’ufo’ou

  29. jonny42671 says: May 1, 2012 10:33 PM

    Who cares. Everyone knows what dirty cheats they are anyway. Put the Asterisk on their Championship and move on!

  30. steeelfann says: May 1, 2012 11:09 PM

    So, in other words, if someone says anything racial toward you, you are hereby granted a license to put them in a coma?

    What if they are pissed at you for blocking their view ?

    What if they think you smell a bit bad?

    What if they think you are yelling too loud at a game or your speakers in your car are loud and offensive?

    Do I understand that the “lawyer” thinks it is okay to put them under timeout?

  31. hairpie says: May 1, 2012 11:10 PM

    Deb says: May 1, 2012 9:22 PM

    dynastygamer says:

    The only good thing for the Saints? Super Bowl championships are a bit too sacred to get revoked.

    ————————————————-
    The eavesdropping allegedly occurred between 2002 and 2004, so it didn’t have anything to do with their Super Bowl win for the 2009 season.

    ———————————

    you have to remember some of these morons think the Pats titles from 01, 03, 04 are tainted by a rule that was enforced in 2007.

  32. 504fan says: May 1, 2012 11:12 PM

    It’s telling that Goodell wants nothing to do with this investigation. He knows it’s weak sauce. ESPN, OTL & John Barr need to be called-out for this BS.

  33. geauxjay says: May 2, 2012 8:01 AM

    I demand that ESPN issue a public apology to the Saints and Saints fans when this story is proven to be false.

    Which, basically, it already has.

  34. hairpie says: May 2, 2012 8:49 AM

    geauxjay says: May 2, 2012 8:01 AM

    I demand that ESPN issue a public apology to the Saints and Saints fans when this story is proven to be false.

    Which, basically, it already has.

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    lol. good luck with that. their apology to the Pats was buried on their ombudsman page.

  35. fusion3450 says: May 2, 2012 9:17 AM

    jonny42671 says:
    May 1, 2012 10:33 PM
    Who cares. Everyone knows what dirty cheats they are anyway. Put the Asterisk on their Championship and move on!
    ———-put the asterisk up your a** and move on

  36. jluns275 says: May 2, 2012 9:53 AM

    deny, deny, deny!
    Stay classy New Orleans!

    *

  37. geezohman says: May 2, 2012 10:12 AM

    I think with the NFL strongly moving into a billion dollar ‘industry’, ‘men’ will start doing things more and more to ‘win’.

    Look how people in this day and age still do ‘stupid’ things…
    John Edwards with a mistress. Even years ago with Bill Clinton and Monica. The media giant from England tapping cell phones.

    and I’ll bet there is behind the scenes voting irregularities on DWTS !

    Meanwhile 5 guys jailed for trying to blow up a bridge in Cleveland.

    I can’t wait till summer camps and pre-season ! Lord take me away from all this !

    Let the games begin !

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