The video was supposedly conclusive. It conclusively isn’t.
It’s not clear what the grainy, choppy surveillance tape from the Conch House in St. Augustine shows, but it doesn’t conclusively show Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew punching a security officer, or anyone.
The video, obtained and posted by the Florida Times-Union, proves nothing, in our view. With the standard for a criminal conviction being proof beyond a reasonable doubt, there’s no way a conviction would have been obtained.
“Based on the facts and the law, the state cannot establish the charge beyond and to the exclusion of all reasonable doubt,” prosecutor said, via news4jax.com.
It doesn’t mean Jones-Drew is out of the woods. He can still be sued, since most civil cases use the lower standard of “preponderance of the evidence” (basically, 51-49). Ultimately, it may take a jury finding for Jones-Drew to get the alleged victim’s lawyer to realize that the evidence isn’t as clear as he thought it was.