Georgia authorities say Roethlisberger has not yet been interviewed

Earlier today, a report emerged that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to Georgia for an interview with one or more officials from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

We thereafter reported that, although Roethlisberger did indeed go to Georgia, he was not interviewed

Now, ESPN reports that Roethlisberger was not interviewed.

“[The Georgia Bureau of Investigation] has not interviewed Ben
Roethlisberger yet
,” special agent Tom Davis told Kelly Naqi
of ESPN on Tuesday.  “We interviewed a majority of people that were in his group
on Saturday in Georgia.  I will not say who from his group we
interviewed but we have not spoken to Ben yet.  His lawyer has not made
him available.  [Roethlisberger’s attorney Ed Garland] has cooperated in
every way, with the exception of the interview.”

Of course, Naqi didn’t need to talk to Davis or anyone else to find out if Roethlisberger had been interviewed; she only needed to read our report on the matter.  And while we appreciate that she has confirmed what we have reported, we would have been even more appreciative if her report had also mentioned ours.

But we’re trying to develop a better relationship with ESPN, so we can live with it.

Besides, maybe the decision not to credit us was resolved by a coin flip that we weren’t invited to attend.

58 responses to “Georgia authorities say Roethlisberger has not yet been interviewed

  1. Hey Florio they have actually referred to your website when breaking stories before. I am not a fan of ESPN either but they have given you credit in the past.
    MEL KIPER SUCKS!

  2. @ Florio,
    Naqi probably relied on a real source instead of something that was labeled “Rumors”. Why do you think everyone reads your site just because some of them do?

  3. Or maybe they read your initial proclamation about the Arnold Palmer story yesterday that turned out to be completely false, and decided to not have anything to do with PFT?

  4. “His lawyer has cooperated in every way EXCEPT making him available for interviews.”
    Maybe put out an ABP at the local high schools and you will find Ben.

  5. I don’t know, it may help if you didn’t report people as dead when they were in fact alive.
    It would also help if you weren’t such a rumor whore that reported any and every piece of crap rumor that made the message board rounds.

  6. Contrary to popular opinion coin tosses are a fairly infrequent occurence. Usually these things are resolved by a quick game of Duck, Duck, Goose.

  7. Hay Florio you aren’t even on their radar. IF they happen to notice PFT, and IF they happen to find something useful, then they will take it and you will like it.

  8. This is a sticky situation, because that girl took a piss on Big Ben in the bathroom

  9. Hey, it takes time to coach a suspect properly so he doesn’t spill the truth, er…, incriminate himself. In Big Ben’s case, it takes an extra long coaching time because he’s very dense.

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  11. Why is this Ghetto THUG still walking freely?
    If he killed a few dogs this piece of trash would be in jail…………..
    Oh wait….. he doesn’t have braids.

  12. While I haven’t watched bspn for more than 2 years now, in the last 3 or 4 years I did watch I lost count of how may stories that POS network plagiarized while giving zero credit to the people who broke the story.
    The worldwide joke of sportscasting.

  13. No GBI interview, but didn’t he speak with local cops? Many different layers of law enforcement are involved here.

  14. Don’t mean to be rude, Mike, but you’ve written, that Naqi got her info by speaking directly to GBI investigator Davis. Your previous report that Ben wasn’t interviewed quoted an unnamed source. It’s clear she did her own footwork by talking to Davis, so there’s no reason she should credit you. Sorry.

  15. “Oh wait….. he doesn’t have braids.”
    Or maybe it’s that whole “due process” thing like Mike Vick received. You know, Fifth Amendment and whatnot. Besides I think a neckbeard is worse than cornrows in most states.

  16. It’s a shame that this is the ONLY place to find out anything relating to the case.
    The mainstream (Pittsburgh) media have gone into hiding for fear of offending Roethlisbeger and has many admirers.
    Even the roundtable TV sports talk shows on KDKA and WTAE are mum on the subject. They claim they can’t comment until he’s been charged with a crime.
    Riiiiighhhhtttt.
    It’s difficult to believe that an opinion, either negative or positive, can’t be uttered over the local television airwaves.
    Funny that same restraint was exercized concerning the off-the-field exploits of kicker Jeff Reed.
    The media have gone to great lengths over the years to promote, protect and overhype Roethlisberger. They certainly don’t want to admit now that their mythical God’s Gift to Steelers Football might have some serious character flaws. Hell, they won’t even admit he’s grossly overweight!!!

  17. I love how everyone is talking about Ben but not the poor victim, it was reported today on wtae that she had attended a sorority function this weekend in Texas with her sorority sisters. Doesnt sound Like a victim to me. I was in a sorority and they are called get togethers but they are parties .
    And I found it odd also that noone wants to talk about the poor victiom already returning to school. Yes she did yesterday. But they want to assume since Ben has hired an attorney that he is guilty? Well didnt she hire an attorney too? That is a civil attorney that specializes in sexual civil cases. Do what does that make her ? oh thats right the peanut gallery has named her the victim. And Ben the what is it the court of public opinion calls him a rapist.
    Where is your report on these things Florio? Wouldnt want anyone to think that your reporting is one sided now would we.

  18. So Ben goes on with his life, and you’re okay with that, but the victim goes back to school to go on with hers and you have a problem with her?
    Roethlisberger can hire the pitbull attorney who got Ray Lewis out of a murder rap, to go after this girl, but she can’t hire a lawyer to represent her interests (and no, it’s not the DA’s job to protect her, it’s his job to prosecute Roethlisberger).
    I swear, you Roethlisberger a$$ kissers have no idea how stupid you sound to the rest of us.

  19. whats he hiding from, if he was innocent he would want to be interviewed asap and get all this wrapped up and behind him.

  20. @JHaughJr …
    GBI said it’s very common for them to supplement the Milledgeville police in their investigations. They also said they’ve had an unusually high number of crimes in Milledgeville at the same time, including a murder the same weekend as the alleged assault. That’s one reason things are proceeding slowly.
    @Bens Attorney …
    Girl, am I glad to see you!!! Was wondering where you were.

  21. Robhug,,by the many posts you have written ive noticed you are a tad slow..but cmon now. I watch the local Pittsburgh news daily and i hear these same stories.. they just wait til they have the whole story.. Unlike on PFT.. He reports something then refutes it 10minutes later……
    LOL Yes Bens Attorney the poor victim,…drinking hanging out in the clubs UNDERAGE.. Entering a VIP room with a bunch of strangers at 1am.. yes my heart aches for her. Until i see some evidence to back her story,shes merely a GROUPIE!

  22. hey Bens attorney .. could you direct me to this story about her going back to school and off in texas partying it up?

  23. I’m down to 73 tons of popcorn.
    Keep going, folks.
    As I see it, the current score is:
    People against potential serial rapists – 92
    Steelers fans against Rapenstein – 3
    Ben apologists/Immovable Steelers fans – 5

  24. hey folks go to 13wmaz.com to see the video from the GBI. Garland fully cooperates with police but still will not produce big ben. check it out for yourself.

  25. There are two sides in a criminal case: prosecution and defense. The accused is represented by a criminal defense attorney–either privately hired or provided by the state. The accuser/victim is represented by the prosecutor. Accusers/victims in criminal proceedings CANNOT be represented in court by privately hired attorneys. Prosecutors represent their interests and bring with them the full resources of the state, including police and state investigators, police protection if needed, expert witnesses, state crime labs, etc. It is the job prosecutors to prosecute on BEHALF OF the state and accusers/victims, who are typically consulted before any plea deals, etc. When my cousin was murdered, the prosecutor made clear to the family that he was our attorney.
    This info is easily fact-checked.

  26. Richm2256 says:
    March 16, 2010 7:03 PM
    So Ben goes on with his life, and you’re okay with that, but the victim goes back to school to go on with hers and you have a problem with her?
    Yes I do , whats a matter your hopes and dreams of Ben going to the big house about to not become a reality. And alot of you on here might have to eat some crow,, That he may just very well be innocent.She is looking less and less convincing by the minute and this is not normal for a trauamatized emotionally distraught rape victim I am sorry…But as far as her hiring an attorney to protect her interests, then she could have hired any Joe schmoe of the streets, But yea you have that right she hired one to protect her interests when the civil suit is filed and that is where this heading if they had anything then he would have done been charged.
    @Steeler lady here is the link but I missed quoted it was a retreat in the GA mountains but they said she was acting normal, Like I said somethink is stinking to me..
    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/sports/22838557/detail.html
    Deb Sorry I left you hanging on this one, was having issues with this till I done some research and I will admit I kinda thought he did it till I done said research,, but not on here of course. but you know what I mean, But I am ready to do battle,.,LOL But I have found out things that has convinced me that he may be innocent and this is beginning to look like Tahoe the more and more..
    But I will ask again does this not seem odd to anyone that she is acting normal, after she went such an ordeal,,,as she said. I think not…

  27. Poo Fling monkey
    Here is some stats for you when this is all said and done
    People that will probably be eating crow and have to hide for being idiots for believeing things before facts come out 92
    Steeler fans that will be worshipping Ben again after he is exhonerated. 5
    Ben defenders that know he is being railroaded and will never let the said Crow eaters forget it,,,\and tell on a daily basis I TOLD YOU SO.
    5

  28. I love Mel Kiper! No, it isn’t looking good for Ben or the Steelers. Ben’s reputation is already trashed no matter what. This thing looks like it’s going to drag out for months. It’ll hang over the Steelers organization like a sword of Damocles.
    Ben’s lawyer is doing what he’s supposed to do. But the authorities don’t seem to be in any big hurry either. (?) I’m not sure what’s going on at the moment. Maybe all this is like Lower, Slower Delaware. They’ll get to it when they get to it.
    GO STEELERS!

  29. Deb, you are right, till this is settled or if he is charged and I use the term IF, then the prosecutor is the attorney not the private attorney and we all know what the private attorney is for since he was hired almost immediately and it aint in the best interest of the “poor victim” , as the ones on here that want to or hope that he is guilty want to believe.
    But I will add people want to make issue with Bens Attorney not letting him talk well
    Its actually a strategy – leverage on Ben’s behalf. Until the prosecutors are willing to give something up, then Ben isn’t either. And since there has not be a decision from their prospective, it tells me that the prosecution has problems with their case. Hence, the accuser is not as credible and her friends that named him are not as reliable as they would like to believe. And its not going to take Ben’s DNA to come to a conclusion. That won’t change anything one way or the other. And if the rape kit had shown asault, he would have already been charged.

  30. Besides, maybe the decision not to credit us was resolved by a coin flip that we weren’t invited to attend.
    Or maybe she didnt read your website. Ever think of that? Maybe she didnt know you reported it already because she doesnt care to read your material. Why would someone credit you if they didnt get their information from you?

  31. We have an update:
    People against potential serial rapists – 92
    Steelers fans against Rapenstein – 3
    Ben apologists/Immovable Steelers fans – 5
    Home schooled apologists – 1

  32. @Bens Attorney …
    I can understand that. And I’m not arguing innocence–just advocating for due process. Probably 95 percent of the people posting here are team-biased and could care less about the facts. They just want to see Ben exonerated or the Steelers dragged down. And a lot of people assume there must be some truth if there’s two accusations.
    The problem is everything indicates the first accusation was bogus. So in practical terms, we’re only dealing with one accusation–one which does not involve rape, and she hired a plaintiff’s attorney within 48 hours. That makes me somewhat skeptical, but it doesn’t mean she’s lying. It does mean he deserves the benefit of the doubt even if he’s charged–and he still could be.
    He could also settle with these two women to make the whole thing go away. I think Kobe settled with his accuser, and there was ample evidence that she was lying. Unfortunately, settlements and civil-suit verdicts aren’t terrific indicators of guilt or innocence. We can only hope enough information emerges that we can feel morally confident in our conclusions one way or the other.

  33. @Bens Attorney …
    Only made those comments about the prosecutor because someone keeps insisting the accuser HAD to hire a civil attorney because he had a lawyer and she didn’t. Simply not true. In a criminal trial, the prosecutor represents the accuser. I’m never sure whether to pity people their total ignorance of the legal system or to envy that they’ve clearly never been victims.
    Trust me, Bens Attorney, I’m a passionate believer in civil rights. Once lived in a country without them, and my bro & sis-in-law are criminal defense attorneys. Have been been posting for days that if you’re ever questioned in connection with a crime, don’t speak except to ask for an attorney. If ever under suspicion, all these bozos who think innocent people should volunteer DNA with no quid pro quo would find themselves reading up on wrongful convictions from their prison cells.

  34. Bens Attorney, nice work and thanks for the information/link. All we can do is wait until the facts play out. Only then can a conclusion be made. But to me the longer this goes on without the prosecutor doing anything, the less likely they have sufficient evidence for the criminal case. Then, unless there are compelling witnesses, any civil case would be he said-she said, and to a certain extent that is also unfortunate for Ben. But if that happens, he and the fans will ultimately get over it and he will be the Steelers’ QB for years to come, and will hopefully behave better off the field. After several holes at the Masters, Tiger Woods will be completely forgiven by the fans, if it takes that long. Wait until those cheers are heard.
    I agree with Deb, another thoughtful person, and have said that the Nevada episode appears to be an initially consensual rendezvous in the privacy of Ben’s hotel room with a woman that is possibly and unstable gold digger. This is a clearly different set of potential circumstances in which my opinion is Ben could have used better judgement but that does not make him a criminal with having sexual contact with a girl that was not a legal minor for such acts. And as yet, regardless of what the haters say, nobody has provided any evidence that Ben dragged her to these clubs or forced any bouncer to let her in or was responsible for carding her.
    It is interesting the girl hired the attorney so fast, and has gone back for this so-called sorority retreat. I wonder what went on at that little event? I could just imagine the jokes the Steeler haters could make about something like that. I also wonder what her facebook said? If this goes to trial, she better be as squeaky clean as the haters expect Ben to have been.
    As well, it is interesting that at least 18 other Steelers did not make the workouts, including Ben. He may even have been told to not show up due to the distractions that would have resulted, etc. It was voluntary to be there.
    And, LOL, richm2256 appears to be quite insane, isn’t he? He is on a mission and absolutely will not consider anything other than Ben spending the rest of his life in jail, even if he is innocent.

  35. Deb says:
    “they had a murder that weekend”.
    They had “A” murder. One would think a Pittsburgh fan would realize that “A” murder over a weekend is a slow week. Unless or course, you are slow. Or is it that you claim to be above those from such a small town and have a hollier than thou attitude?

  36. These “Defenders of Ben” (sounds like a friggin’ comic book, doesn’t it?!) are actually having their own conversation between themselves! lmao
    You’re wrong, by the way, it’s not the DA’s job to protect or represent the victim, it’s their job to prosecute the defendant. The victim is on her own, and if you’re facing the legal juggernaut that got Ray Lewis out of a murder rap, why shouldn’t she get the best in the field for herself? Roethlisberger didn’t get a Joe Schmoe tax lawyer, right? He got one of the best criminal lawyers out there. Double standards left and right for the poor girl. Ben can go out and you’d all be fine with that, she goes back to school and she’s a fraud!
    By the way, I’m not worried about Roethlisberger going to jail on this or not. If he beats the rap (again!), smart money says the moron will screw up again within a couple of years. Safest bet in town. He’s an idiot that never learns.

  37. hey just make a report on every possible senario then when the real story happens you reported it first oh why am i telling you this is where i learned it poop scoop over and out

  38. This is pretty funny. Deb, Steelers Lady and Bens Attorney, maybe you can take your pom poms to your own chat room and continue your fantasies.
    Better yet, maybe A&E can start a show called Real Wives of Pittsburgh who worship Pig Ben.
    You’ll have better luck if you keep the beads in your hands when discussing Ben’s future.

  39. Am Maybe you can go start your own chat room called.. ..” if your a Steeler i dont need no evidence..hes guilty” Cus thats exactly how most on here see it.
    I dont think ive ever said Ben was innocent..cus i dont know .. I have yet to see any evidence to deem him guilty tho.. you havent either. All you have is an accusation..plain n simple.. I know you cant possibly be that naive to just believe that becus hes a Steeler… but then again theres alot of dumbasses on here.
    Heres an idea too.. for all you haters.. if you dont like what your reading… LOG OFF. 🙂

  40. Ben hiring a pitbull lawyer doesn’t mean he’s guilty. The victim hiring an attorney doesn’t mean she’s lying.
    Just as in Vegas – there’s three people that know the truth. Ben, the victim, and God. Everyone else is guessing.
    I doubt that anyone on this board will ever know the whole truth. We’ll know if Ben is charged or not, and if he goes to jail or not. Innocent people can go to jail, and guilty people can avoid prosecution.
    I have no idea if he did something criminal or not. I think it’s unlikely he does any jail time. And as a Steelers fan, I’m going to send Art Rooney II my son’s Roethlisberger jersey. Whether he’s guilty or not, I don’t want my two year old wearing it.

  41. dietrich43 ..why would you send your Ben jersey back? Lol Becus you believe he might be guilty ..becus someone accused him of doing something? Dang why not wait and hear the evidence? All that will teach your child is….Guilty without evidence!
    Dang ……..
    I hope like hell you dont drink smoke or drive over the speed limit cus that would be a terrible role model for your child.
    dietrich43 .Whether he’s guilty or not, I don’t want my two year old wearing it.

  42. Wow good comeback!! LOL
    Look at the comment below your post to see how your Steelers brethren feel about your hero.
    Since you are so passionate about Ben contact him and let him know that he doesn’t need to go to Georgia or anywhere else to assault young coeds. There is a legion of fans like you that will take care of his needs.

  43. dietrich43 says:
    I have no idea if he did something criminal or not. I think it’s unlikely he does any jail time. And as a Steelers fan, I’m going to send Art Rooney II my son’s Roethlisberger jersey. Whether he’s guilty or not, I don’t want my two year old wearing it.
    That’s what most Steelers fans are missing. Kudos to you for realizing what Roethlisberger has done to the team’s image.

  44. @MasterShake …
    Unlike you in your infinite wisdom, I wasn’t passing judgment. I was simply REPEATING what the Georgia Bureau of Investigations officer told WPXI’s Rick Earle on March 11:
    GBI’s Davis: “We’ve been slammed (since) this happened. We’ve had two other death investigations and Milledgeville had a murder.”
    Earle: “Is [Roethlisberger] a top priority?”
    Davis: “It’s a priority, but I don’t think this case is any more important than any other case that we work. Every victim of a case thinks their case is the most important case and it is to them and to us. We’re doing what we can with the limited resources that we have.”
    Whether or not “a” murder is a slow week depends on the size of the town, jackass. I grew up in a town like Mayberry. “A” murder was HUGE. Does it hurt when you pull your head out of your backside? Or do you ever try?

  45. From the minute this story broke, I’ve posting that Roethlisberger’s reckless, immature behavior has done immeasurable harm to himself, his sport, and his fans. If any evidence supports his guilt–just as the evidence in Nevada supports his innocence–I’ll want to see him prosecuted. As a rape survivor, I could never defend a man I believed had assaulted a woman. Still Ampats and Richm2256 lash out with personal attacks and comments about pom-poms and serving Ben’s needs.
    Of course, the unbiased Patriot faithful would never rush to judgment in the absence of concrete evidence. They do their homework. (That’s how they know civil litigators can’t represent alleged crime victims in any facet of a criminal trial and won’t get paid unless the victim is awarded a CIVIL settlement.)
    Ampats and Richm2256 are solely concerned with helping abused women. That’s why they’d never further abuse someone who’s never done anything to them except root for a rival football time. Certainly they’d never turn a blind eye to behavior from players or coaches that might jeopardize the sanctity of the game. They’d demand anyone caught in an underhanded practice be fired immediately.
    In honor of their upright behavior, I hope karma one day sends them the very same experiences that have brought this case home for me. Then they’ll have a true understanding of these issues.
    And I can’t think of two people who’d deserve it more.

  46. Richm2256 : “You’re wrong, by the way, it’s not the DA’s job to protect or represent the victim, it’s their job to prosecute the defendant. The victim is on her own, and if you’re facing the legal juggernaut that got Ray Lewis out of a murder rap, why shouldn’t she get the best in the field for herself?”
    NO! you’re WRONG! Her attorney(s) cannot represent her in any criminal matter! They were hired the day after she reported this alleged assault and are personal injury lawyers — for the civil case she will no doubt file after the fact. If charges are filed and the case goes to trial she will be a witness for the prosecution. the District Attorney will be handling her “interests” in that venue as they try and prove this alleged assault actually occured.

  47. There are two sides in a criminal case: prosecution and defense. The accused is represented by a criminal defense attorney–either privately hired or provided by the state. The accuser/victim is represented by the prosecutor. Accusers/victims in criminal proceedings CANNOT be represented in court by privately hired attorneys. Prosecutors represent their interests and bring with them the full resources of the state, including police and state investigators, police protection if needed, expert witnesses, state crime labs, etc. It is the job prosecutors to prosecute on BEHALF OF the state and accusers/victims, who are typically consulted before any plea deals, etc. When my cousin was murdered, the prosecutor made clear to the family that he was our attorney.
    This info is easily fact-checked.
    ******************************
    Um. No.
    Just because this is part of the opening monologue of Law and Order does not make it so. A prosecutor’s sole objective is to gain a conviction for a crime against the state. That is why they have the ability to treat accusers who change their story on the stand as hostile witnesses if necessary. It is also why a prosecutor or district attorney can cut a deal with the accused to avoid trial, regardless of the wishes of the victim. Whereas a defense attorney cannot independently cut a deal without the approval of his client. The defense attorney directly represents the interests of the accused.
    In our criminal justice system, a prosecutor or DA represents the interests of the state or principality in which the alleged offense occurs.
    In our criminal justice system, no one directly represents the victim.

  48. @suvantar …
    You may be getting your information from a television program, but I don’t watch “Law and Order.” I’ve seen it, but it just isn’t my cup of tea.
    People are sick of me saying this, but my brother and sister-in-law are criminal defense attorneys, and I’ve been involved in a few criminal court cases. One of our closest friends is a Milledgeville prosecutor, although he can’t talk about an ongoing investigation. The prosecutor represents the PEOPLE as an entity. The victim is the individual embodiment of the PEOPLE.
    When my cousin was murdered a few years ago, the prosecutor explained at length that he would represent us throughout the trial. He met with the entire family through every phase of the trial and discussed all possible outcomes, including sentencing recommendations with the family.
    The reason this subject came up is because one commenter keeps insisting the victim HAD TO hire a plaintiff’s attorney to represent her. That is not true. The prosecutor will represent her in court. No other counsel could represent her even if she wanted other counsel. Moreover, she has not hired criminal counsel. She has hired a plaintiff’s attorney. The ONLY purpose for hiring a plaintiff’s attorney is to file a civil suit. Florio has also explained this.
    He keeps saying that if a civil suit is the objective, why hasn’t she filed one? No plaintiff’s attorney would file civil suit until the criminal investigation has concluded. If charges are filed, the civil attorneys–who, incidentally, specialize in personal injury–will wait until after the criminal trial since a conviction will bolster their claim. If not, or if a plea agreement is reached, they’ll file (or seek a settlement) anyway since the burden of proof in civil cases is nearly nonexistent.
    This was the discussion you hopped into with such condescension. But thank you for your contribution.
    I’m sure you can find a “Law and Order” rerun playing somewhere if you need to further educate yourself.

  49. People are sick of me saying this, but my brother and sister-in-law are criminal defense attorneys, and I’ve been involved in a few criminal court cases. One of our closest friends is a Milledgeville prosecutor, although he can’t talk about an ongoing investigation. The prosecutor represents the PEOPLE as an entity. The victim is the individual embodiment of the PEOPLE.
    *****************************************
    No.
    The prosecutor might represent the people in the abstract, but he certainly does not represent the victim as an individual, no matter what individual attorneys might have told you in the past. The reasons that the victim is removed from consideration in criminal proceedings are very good reasons in theory. Primarily, removing the victim from the equation theoretically removes the concept of vengeance from the sentencing portion of the process and keeps the matter fully a matter of law.
    This is evidenced by the fact that a prosecutor may proceed with a criminal complain regardless of whether the victim of the crime wishes to proceed or not. Most often, a prosecutor cannot do so if a victim becomes uncooperative, but most often this is a matter of evidence rather than a matter of any respect for the desire on the victim.
    In Colorado, when the deal was struck between Kobe Bryant and his accusor, the state did not drop the case because the victim asked them to do so. They dropped the case because without her testimony, they lacked sufficient evidence to proceed with the complaint.
    If, on the other hand, they had a videotape of the victim being raped and screaming ‘no’ at the top of her lungs over and over and the same deal was struck, the prosecution would have proceeded with the complaint regardless of whether they had the victim’s cooperation or not.
    You are correct in saying that no other attorney can represent the victim in a criminal proceeding. You are simply empirically wrong when you assert that it is the prosecutor that does so. The reason for that is simple.
    In a criminal proceeding, NO ONE represents the victim of a crime. The prosecutor attempts to prove that a crime has been committed against the state. He is not a victim’s advocate. He is the state’s advocate.
    He might choose to use the victim’s ordeal to sway the jury to his side. He might choose to ignore the victim during the trial altogether. That is nothing more than a matter of tactics. If a victim’s personality is loathsome and will not garner any sympathy from the jury, he might choose to not put the victim on the stand.
    I am glad that you’ve had a sympathetic prosecutor who respected you and kept you informed during the process in the past, but he was under no ethical obligation to do so because he was simply not your attorney.

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  51. @suvantar …
    Yes, you’re right. Very sorry to have been so stubborn about it–that “Law and Order” crack got my hackles up. And I’m tired of knocking my head against the idiot who keeps claiming she needed a plaintiff’s attorney to represent her in a criminal proceeding.
    Little of my own experience in criminal court took place in the U.S. But with my cousin’s murder, I remember thinking how blessed we were to have that prosecutor. Conviction was never in doubt, but we were worried about a plea deal regarding sentencing. He got life, the maximum possible.
    From what I understand, prosecutors frequently consult victims on sentencing issues, as ours did. But I know many just do their thing without consulting anyone (but perhaps their own political interests). That’s why victims’ advocacy groups abound.
    Sorry to have been so pissy. I’ve tried to be factual and balanced in my comments, but sometimes I’ve let the dark side of PFT wear me down.

  52. That is certainly understandable. In the ether of the internet, it is always easy to forget that there is a real person on the other side of the debate, so I think we all end up saying things that we’d probably never say to a living human being to their face.
    (Not that what you said was an example of that… I think our brief conversation has been pretty civil in comparison to a lot of those that go on on this board.)
    And in theory, I think most people would probably consider the DA or the Prosecutor the one who is on ‘their side’ if they’ve been victimized. I just think it’s important to remember that he doesn’t necessarily represent your interests in that case. 95% of the time, he probably will, but on occasion, the interest of the victim and the interest of the state do not coincide.
    It’s on those occasions that the interests of the prosecution sort of become clear.
    As an example, look at the case against Roman Polanski. The victim of the crime has stated publicly on numerous occasions that she wants the matter dropped, but they are proceeding with it anyway.
    I remember other cases where evidence has emerged years after the fact that the one convicted didn’t actually commit the crime, and where the victims of the crime have asked for the case to be reopened based on that and the prosecution would not do it.
    I know these examples are making me seem sort of ‘anti-prosecution’ and I’m not. By and large, I believe the CJS works and that every component of it has a role to play.
    However, I also believe in civil law because a civil case is the only real way that a victim can try to gain personal satisfaction against the individual or organization that has wronged him or her. Civil law, however, has developed a bad reputation in this country though. And that’s sort of a shame… because if people start to vilify civil law to the degree where they believe anyone using it is simply greedy, then there will really be NO mechanism for someone who has legitimately been wronged to gain satisfaction.

  53. @suvantar …
    I have mixed feelings about civil law. It’s absolutely appropriate in civil cases. And I wouldn’t hae any problem with it in cases of criminal negligence where the defendant has been found guilty. But I’m bothered by the way the lesser burden of proof is being used to circumvent the criminal courts and potentially force innocent people to pay anyway. To me, it seems like a crafty way to get around double jeopardy.
    In matters of sexual assault, as I’ve said before, I can only speak for myself, and I get very emotional on the subject. As a survivor, I find the idea of seeking financial restitution hideous. I’ve known many rape survivor but none who asked for money–it certainly wasn’t on their minds in the immediate aftermath. It won’t fix anything. It won’t punish anyone. It will let him write a check and pay for you like you disposable.
    I believe in the system, but the system is operated by human beings who make mistakes. Told my brother the other day I don’t know how he could field a fair jury in a case like this. But he reminded me that I’m on a football blog where everyone has a fan-based agenda. He said the jury pool at large isn’t quite as polluted. 🙂

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