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Alfonzo Dennard hearing pushed back again

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Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has been dealing with legal issues since before New England drafted him last year, but so far those legal issues haven’t affected his NFL career. And at the rate his hearings keep getting delayed, Dennard’s legal issues may never affect his NFL career.

Dennard was scheduled to appear in court in Lincoln, Nebraska, today on a probation violation hearing, but that hearing has been delayed until September 16.

The Patriots drafted Dennard in 2012 just days after he was arrested for punching a police officer. Dennard was later convicted of a felony in connection with that incident, but the judge agreed to schedule Dennard’s 30-day sentence for the spring of 2014, meaning Dennard would not have to miss any playing time.

Dennard was also placed on probation for that incident, and when he was arrested this year on suspicion of drunk driving, it appeared to be a violation of that probation. But Dennard’s probation violation hearings have been repeatedly delayed, and so the judge hasn’t ruled one way or the other about whether Dennard’s arrest did, in fact, violate his probation.

If Dennard is found to have violated his probation, it’s possible that he could be sent to jail for 30 days immediately, rather than getting to wait for the offseason. And if that happens during the season, it would be a significant problem for Dennard and the Patriots. But so far, Dennard has managed to avoid letting his off-field problems affect him on the field.

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24 Responses to “Alfonzo Dennard hearing pushed back again”
  1. skoobyfl says: Sep 6, 2013 9:23 AM

    Any normal person would’ve been in jail already & have served their sentence.

  2. sschmiggles says: Sep 6, 2013 9:30 AM

    Any normal person would’ve been in jail already & have served their sentence.
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    It’s very normal for court cases to be delayed multiple times, for a variety of reasons. You can always tell when people don’t have real world experience with the the court system.

  3. jnbnet says: Sep 6, 2013 9:30 AM

    skoobyfl says:
    Sep 6, 2013 9:23 AM
    Any normal person would’ve been in jail already & have served their sentence.

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    It is not uncommon to have a hearing pushed back. They are not doing him any favors. I am sure that he (and the Patriots) would lke to have this over with…no matter how it turns out.

  4. abninf says: Sep 6, 2013 9:53 AM

    The Patriots drafted Dennard in 2012 just days after he was arrested for punching a police officer.
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    That says it all.

  5. i, flounder says: Sep 6, 2013 9:56 AM

    and somehow kraft will still look us in the eye, and tell is he has still never heard of this guy, or his problems with the law.

  6. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Sep 6, 2013 10:31 AM

    So it’s clear now– the judge is a Pats fan.

    “You can always tell when people don’t have real world experience with the the court system.”

    Although true- Unless you’re a lawyer then staying out of the court system is generally a positive thing.

  7. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 6, 2013 11:00 AM

    Just throwing it out there one more time that Dennard passed the breathalyzer twice and was still arrested.

  8. FinFan68 says: Sep 6, 2013 11:10 AM

    sschmiggles says:
    Sep 6, 2013 9:30 AM
    Any normal person would’ve been in jail already & have served their sentence.
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    It’s very normal for court cases to be delayed multiple times, for a variety of reasons. You can always tell when people don’t have real world experience with the the court system.
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    He was already convicted of a felony and sentenced to a pitiful 30 days in jail. (30 days for a felony/punching a police officer–really?) That should have already been served. There was no reason to delay the jail time until the off-season. Would you be allowed to wait until you earned enough vacation time at your job so that your sentence doesn’t effect your pay much? I doubt it.

    He is on probation due to the conviction and the hearings keep getting pushed back. I would imagine that part of the terms of probation were to avoid alcohol so anything on the breathalyzer or BAC for his DUI arrest would be very hard for his lawyer to dispute a probation violation no matter how many times the hearing gets delayed.

  9. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 6, 2013 11:25 AM

    ballsoharduniversity52 says:

    So it’s clear now– the judge is a Pats fan.
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    Wow a Ravens fan crying about the Pats, who would ever have expected that ?

    You do realize cases are often continued many times don’t you ? Guess not.

    Furthermore if the judge was actually a Pats fan, he would have delayed the hearing till after the season, not for 1 week till right before the 2nd game.

  10. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 6, 2013 11:38 AM

    Plain clothed cop MDS…….plain clothed cop….at a college bar. You portray the story as if he got up out of bed…saw an officer of the law standing at an intersection directing traffic, walked up to him and punched him in the face.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 6, 2013 11:44 AM

    He was already convicted of a felony and sentenced to a pitiful 30 days in jail. (30 days for a felony/punching a police officer–really?)
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    @FinFan68,

    Its called a first offense. Many people get let off easily as a first time offender. Especially since this was not like he walked up to a uniformed officer and punched him. He did not beat the crap out of him.

    It was an incident in a club with an officer not in uniform. A lot of Pats haters make it out like he left home with the sole purpose of attacking a cop and beat the hell out of him and should be punished as such. But the reality was much different than that. The cop got a bloody lip or something along those lines and that was that.

  12. officialgame says: Sep 6, 2013 11:51 AM

    “That says it all”
    Hey it’s not like he murdered anyone.

  13. giantssb42champs says: Sep 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    Its so nice that Little Bobby Kraft has Jolly Roger in his back pocket.

  14. FinFan68 says: Sep 6, 2013 12:22 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 6, 2013 11:44 AM
    @FinFan68,

    Its called a first offense. Many people get let off easily as a first time offender. Especially since this was not like he walked up to a uniformed officer and punched him. He did not beat the crap out of him.
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    I understand that what he did is not as bad as some have portrayed it. I’m not saying this guy is a hardened criminal deserving of 10 years in prison. My point is he was convicted of a felony and only got 30 days and doesn’t have to serve it until it is convenient for him to do so. Generally, felonies are offenses where a sentence of at least one year can be expected if convicted. I have seen some states where it is 6 months but just one month seems ridiculous to me. Unless he was charged with a felony and convicted of a lesser offense (misdemeanor) due to mitigating circumstances (like the officer was plain clothed) 30 days makes no sense at all.

  15. bullcharger says: Sep 6, 2013 12:30 PM

    Dennard got in a bar fight and hit a plain clothed cop who was trying to break it up. The guy’s partner was there too and backed up the story.

    A bar fight doesn’t make somone a horrible person. I highly doubt Dennard would have hit the guy if he knew he was a cop.

    I think the DUI is much worse if he is convicted. I just don’t understand why he would be dumb enough to go home and put himself in that position, wheter he was over the limit or not.

  16. sschmiggles says: Sep 6, 2013 12:48 PM

    Courts will, in fact, take your personal life into consideration when determining when you will serve a prison sentence.

    The problem is that you need a good lawyer and a history of being a decent citizen to get that kind of consideration.

    Bias in the court system has more to do with money than fame, since you need money to have a good lawyer.

  17. mbljets says: Sep 6, 2013 1:00 PM

    The nfl needs to start treating the patriots like any other team and suspend this guy already. He was on probation and has another dwi. He shouldn’t even be out of jail right now.

  18. surfinbird1 says: Sep 6, 2013 1:39 PM

    If we THINK your you’re drunk, it could be a violation his probation. What the hell is that? Home town cops setup. Judge knows it.

  19. patsfansknowitall says: Sep 6, 2013 1:46 PM

    Throw this clown in jail. Kraft & Belicheat deserve to be in there with him too after the AH scandel.

  20. orivar says: Sep 6, 2013 1:49 PM

    He passed the breathalyzer with the DUI and was still arrested. It’s suspected that it was a response to hitting a cop by a cop as things such as that honestly are common.

  21. tigerlilac says: Sep 6, 2013 2:56 PM

    It must be nice to feel oneself competent to be judge and jury and call for Dennard’s immediate incarceration. Maybe the officer in question shares a similar world view and decided for himself that Dennard needed to go to jail for the original incident so he hauled him in on a bogus charge. That happens to Black men every day across this country.

  22. AngryHumanoid says: Sep 6, 2013 3:37 PM

    @FinFan68 “Generally, felonies are offenses where a sentence of at least one year can be expected if convicted”

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    That is a FLAT OUT LIE. Average felony sentences for all crimes would be 6 months in jail (not prison, big difference). This is a first offense with mitigating circumstances, 30 day jail sentence is fully justified. Yes he was lucky they let him serve it during the off season, that is not unheard of (they might do the same thing if you had surgery scheduled for a certain time, etc). Any arrest CAN be considered violating probation, even though he passed the breathalyzer, that is for the judge to decide. And hearing delays are very, very, common.

  23. bighurt228 says: Sep 6, 2013 3:38 PM

    “”””””””””””””””””””” BOYCOTT ESPN “”””””””””””””””””””””””””

    When they roll out the squirrel dancing, crying, murdering phony this Sunday..!!!

    “”””””””””””””””””””” BOYCOTT ESPN “”””””””””””””””””””””

  24. FinFan68 says: Sep 6, 2013 4:49 PM

    @AngryHumanoid,
    It is not a lie. Look up the definition of a felony. Pick a dictionary site or a legal one like USlegal, it doesn’t matter. There are some small differences in the definition by state, hence the word “generally” at the beginning of my statement. Not cool to call someone a liar when you are completely wrong.

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