Lawyer professes Michael Bennett’s innocence

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To little surprise, the man who has been hired to prove the innocence of Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett is proclaiming Bennett’s innocence.

He just didn’t do it,” lawyer Rusty Hardin told NBC Sports Philadelphia on Monday night. “I strongly feel that way and not just because it’s totally inconsistent with his whole history and not just because he says he didn’t. I’ve talked to other witnesses. We’ve talked to other witnesses who also didn’t see anything.”

Bennett is accused of shoving and injuring an elderly, paraplegic female who was working at Super Bowl LI, at a time when Bennett was trying to get to the field to celebrate with his brother, Martellus, who had just won a championship with the Patriots.

“I’m just comfortable that it’s not him,” Hardin said. “And it’s not one of these things that it’s my client and he didn’t do it. I’m just convinced this guy didn’t do it. I told the DA’s office I would try to get them everything I can to show you, you have the wrong person.”

Making Hardin’s task even more delicate is the fact that he’ll be trying not only to persuade the authorities that Bennett is innocent but also to convince the NFL, which uses a much lower standard of proof than the criminal justice system, that Bennett is blameless. That requires Hardin to eliminate any and all gray area and to show that Bennett is totally and completely innocent of any and all allegations.

“Whatever happened to this lady, it wasn’t done by Michael,” Hardin said. “She might have asked for names and maybe someone said it was Michael, but he didn’t do anything.”

Of course, Bennett isn’t simply accused; he has been indicted on felony charges. While that process doesn’t require much evidence and the defendant has no representation, grand juries typically don’t indict on felony charges without any evidence whatsoever of wrongdoing.

44 responses to “Lawyer professes Michael Bennett’s innocence

  1. To little surprise, the man who has been hired to prove the innocence of Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett
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    you don’t prove your innocence in America…they must prove your guilt. Let’s not convict before we have all of the information.

  2. Innocent until proven guilty. I am not a Bennett fan, but cops aren’t always trust worthy so I need to see proof.

  3. Funny how Rusty Hardin ‘s clients are ALWAYS innocent…in the immortal words of Anna Nicole…screw you, Rusty!

  4. Waiting for the internet lawyers/angry white middle aged folk declaring him guilty without any shred of physical evidence being public knowledge…

    It doesn’t even shock me these days the amount of hate spewed toward certain players of a certain skin colour..

  5. Of course, Bennett isn’t simply accused; he has been indicted on felony charges. While that process doesn’t require much evidence and the defendant has no representation, grand juries typically don’t indict on felony charges without any evidence whatsoever of wrongdoing.
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    Dream on. In most jurisdictions, and certainly in the South, Grand Juries are rubber stamps for the DA. It is extremely rare for a GJ not to return an indictment when asked. Not saying he didn’t do it, but I’ve had enough experience around the system to know that an indictment doesn’t mean much.

  6. Grandstanding DA. That is all this is. And you rubes are going along with it. The ONLY evidence they have is the testimony of 1 police officer. Haha you believe this crap?

  7. This whole story is click-bait….

    People – think about this logically. Think about the press conference and how slanted the sheriff’s message was. Think about how many references the sheriff made to race, age, and sex. Think about how he painted the picture for the audience. Think about the fact that there were no videos of the incident in a modern NFL stadium. Think about the fact that there were no cell phone videos obtained when, these days, everything is captured and posted to social media. Think about the fact that no arrest was made that night or for 14 months after an apparent Felony took place. Think about the fact that the sheriffs office made a statement that they couldn’t locate or get a hold of Michael Bennett even when he actually returned to Houston and played again in their stadium the season after. Think about the fact that neither team or the mighty NFL had knowledge of the incident.

    Are you seriously buying into this? Does this really make sense?

  8. I’m no fan if Micheal Bennett to start…but, this whole story has way too many holes in it. 14 months to charge him? A cop witnessed this and no arrest there? Sure, his story is he helped the lady with her “strained shoulder”.. if EMT’s we’re called to help. Why not arrest Bennett 10 mins later? Why was a lady in wheelchair doing security for the most secured event on Earth? Last but not least this interview he gave calling Bennett every bad thing he could think of and attacking his charector was personal. He was out if line. When he mention that he didn’t care about that players stupid Jersey missing didn’t bother him…it should have. It showed HIS security was breached and he didn’t do his job. He obviously got bad press over it and felt a certain way toward The NFL. No video? Where 100,000 fans and 30,000 media all had camera’s and at that time TB12 completes the biggest comeback in SP history..no film of Bennett..not buying it. And I don’t even like this guy but he deserves the right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

  9. I cant say I know for sure he is guilty, they will need to prove that and until they do folks should him the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ benefit. But to say it would be inconsistent with his past behavior is just laughable.

  10. All you keyboard cowboys need to take a step back. There IS video of Michael Bennett making his way out of the stands after the conclusion of the game. It shows him from the final whistle until he’s firmly on the playing field. No one tries to stop him. No one speaks to him. He speaks to no one. There is no paraplegic in a wheelchair anywhere in any of the frames. If you vote this down without at least watching the video, then you’re as bad and blind as the cop who accused him.

  11. I have to agree with Steven Smith on this one. Indictments are not that hard to get. The grand jury only hears one side. They better have some hard evidence if this gets to a trial. The 14 month wait gives it the appearance of possibly being politically motivated. Bennett would not have been hard to find at the Superbowl with his brother if an arrest was warranted.

  12. Im supposed to believe a policeman supposedly witnessed Michael Bennett injuring a paraplegic woman and decided not to intervene on a handicapped person that was being assaulted? Yea right that’s because it never happened.

  13. With all due deference to your litigation experience, Bennett is entitled to the same presumption of innocence as any other defendant. And remember what New York Judge Sol Wachtler said in 1985: “If a district attorney wanted, a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich.”

  14. seattlesue427 says:
    March 27, 2018 at 9:15 am
    All you keyboard cowboys need to take a step back. There IS video of Michael Bennett making his way out of the stands after the conclusion of the game. It shows him from the final whistle until he’s firmly on the playing field. No one tries to stop him. No one speaks to him. He speaks to no one. There is no paraplegic in a wheelchair anywhere in any of the frames. If you vote this down without at least watching the video, then you’re as bad and blind as the cop who accused him.
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    My only question is, did you watch the video? It clearly goes from the sister celebrating in the stands, then jumps to her running behind Michael. Clearly missing the period of time Michael would have potentially encountered the security and the incident in question at the field entrance tunnel.

  15. A defense lawyer saying his client didn’t do it? I’m stunned!

    Not saying he did do it as how would I know? My point is that I wouldn’t expect a lawyer to say his client is guilty unless it was obvious the person was guilty.

  16. SeattleSue, there is NO video. Meaning the DA doesn’t gave video. His sister claims to have proof but her film was cut from Stands to field. Also, Bennett’s lawyer has that film now and asked her to pull if offline. If the film proves Bennett is innocent and they seem to believe the video proves that. His attorney is letting Texas put their foot in their mouth before he drops the bomb on innocence for his 10 million dollar lawsuit…Again, I don’t like Bennett a little bit. But, I think this is personal and Bennett is innocent.

  17. I would hope your own lawyer, who you are paying tens of thousands of dollars to would profess your innocence. It is kind of his job after all…

  18. ““I strongly feel that way and not just because it’s totally inconsistent with his whole history and not just because he says he didn’t.” Oh Rusty, you must be “misremembering” his history. Do the words Las Vegas ring a bell?

  19. My understanding is that prosecutors will need to prove that he “intentionally and knowingly” hurt a person 65 yrs or older.

    I was not there. I’m curious to see how anyone will provide proof of his intentions.

  20. The NFL standard is guilty even if you have been acquitted legally by the courts. Just ask Big Ben. He was accused and had to serve a suspension before he was found innocent of the charges made against him. Tom Brady was never convicted of anything, and neither did Ezekiel Elliott and they got suspended just the same.

  21. Yeah, he was mistakenly identified. I’m sure there were lots of other guys who were 6’4″ 274 walking around the area calling themselves Michael Bennett and demanding to be on the field.

  22. shadrach422 says:
    March 27, 2018 at 9:02 am
    This whole story is click-bait….

    People – think about this logically. Think about the press conference and how slanted the sheriff’s message was. Think about how many references the sheriff made to race, age, and sex. Think about how he painted the picture for the audience. Think about the fact that there were no videos of the incident in a modern NFL stadium. Think about the fact that there were no cell phone videos obtained when, these days, everything is captured and posted to social media. Think about the fact that no arrest was made that night or for 14 months after an apparent Felony took place. Think about the fact that the sheriffs office made a statement that they couldn’t locate or get a hold of Michael Bennett even when he actually returned to Houston and played again in their stadium the season after. Think about the fact that neither team or the mighty NFL had knowledge of the incident.

    Are you seriously buying into this? Does this really make sense?
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    The reason that race and age and sex were brought up is because we have laws that address such things. One of those unintended consequences that the leftists didn’t think about when pushing such through these discriminatory laws.

    They haven’t found any videos because who would be tacking videos of the end of a super bowl of the crowd at one entrance to the field. Yeah, that’s what everyone would be filming when the confetti is falling and the winning team is celebrating.

    And did this occur in the stands? Don’t think so. It occurred in one of the runways onto the field. Not many reasons to video there.

  23. omeimontis says:
    March 27, 2018 at 11:16 am
    Michael Bennett may have a good case for malicious prosecution if he is acquitted. The police chief also defamed him.

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    These type of posts make me laugh along with the race baiters. The jr attorneys speak out without knowing all the facts and already are saying the lying Bennett has a case against the police. Im sure everyone is misremembering even the victim. How did his Vegas threat against the police work out? He should have been thrown in jail for lying and obstruction.

  24. omeimontis says:

    No video, no witness and no id by the witness using a police lineup. Most likely misidentification by the victim.
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    buddy, please give your head a shake. i would bet my life savings that Bennett did it, he is a constant trouble maker.

  25. because Bennett is black, in the eyes of so many white racist, black hating men, he is guilty, even if he is not
    some of these comments are sickening on how so many Americans want/judge him to be guilty without any due process

  26. Big Brother runs Super Bowls. You have federal and state authorities all over the place with command centers full of people watching live feeds of every area inside and outside of the stadium and I’m to believe some elderly woman was injured by a big black man and no one has heard of it until now? This was 2 Super Bowls ago.

    This is being portrayed as a major assault inflicting injury in front of a bunch of people and scores of security and he wasn’t stopped on his journey to his brother? If this lady wants a lawsuit it should be against the very security she worked for.

  27. I definitely wonder if this happened, why did it took them over a year to indict him? Seems like a weak case. With that said, i do not condone pushing anyone, let alone an elderly woman in a wheel chair. But if it happened, and was such an egregious cowardly event, why are we only hearing about it now?

  28. doug ablitt says:

    because Bennett is black, in the eyes of so many white racist, black hating men, he is guilty, even if he is not
    some of these comments are sickening on how so many Americans want/judge him to be guilty without any due process.
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    It has nothing to do with his skin color pal, the man has been involved in too many incidents lately and HE always uses the race card so don’t accuse people of being racist just because they put comments about how much of a turd Bennett is, white or black he is a turd, bottom line.

  29. with all the cameras at “SUPER BOWLS” i can’t believe theres no video of this happening . heck i think there’s cameras in the bathrooms at super bowls.

  30. doug ablitt says:

    because Bennett is black, in the eyes of so many white racist, black hating men, he is guilty, even if he is not
    some of these comments are sickening on how so many Americans want/judge him to be guilty without any due process.
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    It has nothing to do with his skin color pal, the man has been involved in too many incidents lately and HE always uses the race card so don’t accuse people of being racist just because they put comments about how much of a turd Bennett is, white or black he is a turd, bottom line.

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    Too many incidents? What incidents has he been involved in? Just make it up as you go I see.

  31. bpurd says:
    March 27, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    doug ablitt says:

    because Bennett is black, in the eyes of so many white racist, black hating men, he is guilty, even if he is not
    some of these comments are sickening on how so many Americans want/judge him to be guilty without any due process.
    *********************************************************

    It has nothing to do with his skin color pal, the man has been involved in too many incidents lately and HE always uses the race card so don’t accuse people of being racist just because they put comments about how much of a turd Bennett is, white or black he is a turd, bottom line.

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    Too many incidents? What incidents has he been involved in? Just make it up as you go I see.
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    my fingers would fall off the keyboard if i were to list all the incidents, just google his name and you will see for yourself, he is a trouble maker.

  32. doug ablitt says: March 27, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    because Bennett is black, in the eyes of so many white racist, black hating men, he is guilty, even if he is not some of these comments are sickening on how so many Americans want/judge him to be guilty without any due process


    Maybe we should try for some some honesty here?.. Racism comes in all shades.. There’s a lot of black racist, white hating men out there as well, willing to absolve him based on just his race. Tigers don’t loose their stripes, his past behavior puts this directly in his wheelhouse. The problem for him isn’t his race specifically, more of being a knucklehead generally, and always looking to blame someone.. the system, race, or the “man”. etc…

  33. The accusations in this story sound like some kid making up a scary monster to frighten his friends at a slumber party.

    This guy… was soooooo mean…
    “HOW MEAN WAS HE??”
    He was soooooo mean… he bum-rushed the field, and when an old grandma who’s legs didn’t work stood in his way, he tore his shirt off, went super-saiyan and body slammed her saying “OH U MUST NOT KNOW WHO I AMMMM” Now that old grandma who’s legs didn’t work will never walk again…

  34. Not the first prosecutor who wants to run for Governor on the back of a high profile legal case. It doesn’t matter what the prosecutor says, it’s what he can prove. Florio knows you’ve got to prove intent. If so called injuries were accidental, if it happened at all, there goes your lack of intent. These yahoo’s have been after Bennett because in their minds he’s racist for standing up for all the black men wrongfully killed by police. The most recent Stephon Clark, shot 20 times while unarmed. Micheal has been an advocate pointing out racial bias in police. And of course there is, for there’s racial bias in society at large. Check the studies.

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