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Will the D.A. charge Darrelle Revis?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 17:   Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets prepares to rush the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on December 17, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

Yes, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been charged by police with four felonies (including aggravated assault) and a misdemeanor after a fight that occurred in Pittsburgh last weekend. A month ago, Steelers linebacker coach Joey Porter also was charged by police with multiple charges aggravated assault. And then the District Attorney got involved.

Steven A. Zappala Jr. exercised his broad discretion to ultimately drop the claim that Porter committed aggravated assault, even though the video evidence suggested that the crime as defined by Pennsylvania law had been committed. So what will Zappala do with Revis?

A cynic would say that Revis would be more likely to get the benefit of the doubt if he played for the Steelers. But he did play for Pitt, and he surely has enough connections to the school and its football program to allow for the political machinery to churn behind the scenes in a way that will result in the prosecutor who also is a political being lobbied to look the other way.

Regardless of whether Zappala makes a legal decision for legal reasons or a political decision for political reasons or some combination of the two, it seems like reasonable doubt already is lurking within the facts of the case. Apart from the distinct possibility that alcohol consumption could undermine the reliability of witness testimony, the fact that the two alleged victims apparently weren’t immediately available to tell a clear and complete story about what happened and the existence of a sharply-conflicting version of the events from the lawyer already hired by Revis will make it hard to prove anything beyond a reasonable doubt.

Political realities aside, prosecutors routinely choose not to take a case to trial if the prosecutors fear that an acquittal is looming. Barring the kind of evidence (e.g., non-grainy, clear video) that tells a story requiring no elaboration with live testimony, Zappala easily could conclude that a conviction can’t be obtained — especially since Revis has the money to obtain the quality of defense lawyer that Zappala’s team of lawyers typically doesn’t have to face in court.

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25 Responses to “Will the D.A. charge Darrelle Revis?”
  1. citizenstrange says: Feb 17, 2017 11:48 AM

    I’m sure the D.A. will dismiss all charges in exchange for a good, long, sniff of Revis’ jock. Just like he did with Joey Porter.

  2. ikeclanton says: Feb 17, 2017 11:54 AM

    If he gets Vinny Gambini to defend him, I like his chances.

  3. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 17, 2017 11:55 AM

    Jets gonna Jet…

    So glad BB didn’t pay $20 million for this guy…

    Revis Island is going to Rikers Island…

    I liked him better when Revis was ‘speechless’…

    WHEW ! Now that we got those out of the way.

  4. intrafinesse says: Feb 17, 2017 12:01 PM

    If they charge Revis, and are able to indict him, does that void his guarantee? Or is it only a conviction?

  5. dcpatfan says: Feb 17, 2017 12:04 PM

    the more obvious question is will the legislature levy charges and begin the process against this pathological liar.

    backlash be damned!

  6. patriotsivan says: Feb 17, 2017 12:04 PM

    is a lot of jock sniffing, no?

  7. stoneydog1000 says: Feb 17, 2017 12:05 PM

    Revis doesn’t have a history of arrests or violence like Porter and Pacman do and they always seem to get off, so let’s let it play out before condemning Revis.

  8. patriotsivan says: Feb 17, 2017 12:06 PM

    DA is liking the sniff of unsavory jocks!

  9. pleazenufalready says: Feb 17, 2017 12:13 PM

    People talk all the time about “white” justice or “black” justice when in reality it always boils down to “green” justice

  10. 6ball says: Feb 17, 2017 12:17 PM

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    Once the judicial system is rigged (and it is), then democracy has ceased to exist.
    .

  11. upperdecker19 says: Feb 17, 2017 12:21 PM

    As long as Revis agrees to help find the real assaulters, I say let him go….

    Regards,
    OJ

  12. tformation says: Feb 17, 2017 12:25 PM

    Bring back the turd watch.

  13. zeke2517 says: Feb 17, 2017 12:33 PM

    “I’m sure the D.A. will dismiss all charges in exchange for a good, long, sniff of Revis’ jock. Just like he did with Joey Porter.”

    I’m glad we have you around to take the stand and clear this whole thing up, since you obviously know exactly what happened.

  14. kcflake says: Feb 17, 2017 12:41 PM

    Revis should get the same treatment as Joey porter. Off Scot free.

  15. neilpountney says: Feb 17, 2017 12:44 PM

    Nothing personal Mike but “But he did play for Pitt, and he surely has enough connections to the school and its football program to allow for the political machinery to churn behind the scenes in a way that will result in the prosecutor who also is a political being lobbied to look the other way.”

    This is why the law is fast losing more and more respect from your average citizen. We are all supposed to be EQUAL in the eyes of the law.

  16. footballfan58 says: Feb 17, 2017 1:00 PM

    He’s rich. He’s famous. Nothing will happen to him. All these articles are a waste of time.

  17. thelastwordyaheard says: Feb 17, 2017 1:04 PM

    This dude can party anywhere in the world & he’s slumming on the south side of Pittsburgh. Go to St. Tropez or Vegas at least.

  18. factschecker says: Feb 17, 2017 1:36 PM

    This most likely was was it was and reported how it happened but….100% speculation….

    Would it be possible in this day and age of corporate extremism to at least flirt with the idea that the Jets could have hired the 21 and 22 year old to provoke Revis into battery so the Jets could get out of paying him 6 million? (and 15 million contract.)

    I’m not suggesting this did happen as much as I’m pondering….is it possible? After all it is the Jets we are talking about?

  19. Moudabo says: Feb 17, 2017 1:43 PM

    Way to undermine Revis and the judicial system
    with your cynicism. The facts of the case are still
    being investigated, yet you are already casting shade
    on everyone, including questioning the motives
    of the prosecutor. How does this help?

  20. unclebluck says: Feb 17, 2017 1:50 PM

    factschecker says:
    Feb 17, 2017 1:36 PM
    This most likely was was it was and reported how it happened but….100% speculation….

    Would it be possible in this day and age of corporate extremism to at least flirt ……………….

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    More than likely it was a couple young drunk punks who thought they could take on the old guy football player and found out different….

  21. streetyson says: Feb 17, 2017 1:52 PM

    Just as big a crime would be the Jets getting out of paying $6M of the over-the-top treasure they offered when they tampered Revis away from the Pats. That would mean not only did they get off lightly for the tamper, and got off scot-free for falsely accusing Pats of counter-tampering, they would now get a rebate on their investment in the violation. But I’m sure ex-Jet Goofdell’s integrity won’t let that happen…

  22. patsfan says: Feb 17, 2017 2:40 PM

    Most telling willl be how quickly a civil settlement is reached (if at all)

  23. rcali says: Feb 17, 2017 3:22 PM

    If he loses his case, can’t he just go to the 9th district and have it overturned?

  24. dcpatfan says: Feb 17, 2017 3:30 PM

    pleazenufalready says:
    Feb 17, 2017 12:13 PM
    People talk all the time about “white” justice or “black” justice when in reality it always boils down to “green” justice

    41 2
    ————————————————
    Nice observation…..41 likes too…..but watch this…

    So am I incorrect in stating that the “green” in American justice belongs to whites? And if so what justice privilege is it buying?

    Now watch the dislikes.

  25. tobiasjodter says: Feb 19, 2017 9:39 PM

    Why are all these Revis stories showing up under the Pittsburgh Steelers page? He never has and never will have anything to do with the Steelers and it is pissing me off to see all this stories cluttering things up.

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