Charges dropped against Julian Edelman

AP

Earlier this year, Pats receiver Julian Edelman was arrested for indecent assault.  He allegedly groped a woman below the waist.

The defendant, who fittingly has been playing defense of late, faced a January 10 court date, but now the charges have been dropped.

“After a thorough investigation of this case by the Boston Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit . . .  the Commonwealth has concluded that it would not be able to meet its burden at trial of proving each of the elements of indecent assault and battery beyond a reasonable doubt,” a Suffolk County prosecutor wrote in a document filed in court today, via Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.  “Specifically, a review of both witness statements and video surveillance has revealed that the Commonwealth would be unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally engaged in a harmful or offensive touching of the complainant that would be regarded by society as immodest, immoral, and improper.”

A statement posted on the Suffolk County District Attorney’s website further explains the decision not to pursue prosecution.

“The probe in this case included an examination of video surveillance footage from the scene of the incident, a review of the 911 calls that brought Boston Police to that incident, multiple interviews with the complainant in which she was represented by counsel, a study of statements by various parties at the scene of the incident, and analysis of the relevant statute and case law,” the District Attorney’s website states.  “Edelman had been charged with indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping a woman during the 1:30 a.m. incident at Storyville on Exeter Street.  The evidence suggests that he approached a woman on the dance floor and took her hand briefly.  Review of the videotape indicates that the physical contact between the two was fleeting, prosecutors say, and did not meet the elements of any crime.”

And there’s the most important piece of evidence.  An alleged victim can say whatever he or she wants, but the eye in the sky never lies.  If the video shows that Edelman merely took the woman’s hand “briefly” in a “fleeting” moment, even Joe Amendola wouldn’t be able to find a way to screw this one up.

47 responses to “Charges dropped against Julian Edelman

  1. Charges should be brought against the woman for filing a BS police report. It’s cases like this that gives a bad name to the real sexual assault victims.

  2. Eye in the sky doesn’t lie. Sounded like a BS story when it first came out .Glad to hear the drunk coed came to her senses.

    Edelman doesn’t have time for this nonsense as he is busy attending offensive,defensive and special team meetings.

  3. He ought to be arrested for his acting job that kept the Redskins from the tying or go ahead touchdown (if they went for 2)…Fosbury is naming his new flop “the Edelman”…

  4. Based on the wholesome appearance of the defendant, the prosecutor’s office concluded that the assault was perfectly decent.

  5. They don’t call them Gold Diggers for nothing.

    You swung and missed honey. Now it’s time for you to go out and get a job.

  6. The woman lied and wasted valuable time and resources. She should be charged, and she should have to reimburse the city for the cost associated with this case. Seriously, was it worth a 911 call in the first place.

    The sad part is without the video he would have stood trial and probably lost….because in society we are taught that we have to believe the victim…even if the story does not make sense or their is obvious gain, financial or otherwise, by the party making the claim. But we do have the video…so now what, no harm no foul, her little game didn’t pan out but nice try, thanks for playing, better luck next time? Disgusting.

  7. “even Joe Amendola wouldn’t be able to find a way to screw this one up.”

    I was on board with this article right up until this phrase.

    C’mon man! Dail 1-800-REALITY!

  8. Girl & her ‘boyfriend ‘ looking for a quick $$$.

    Hoping Edelman sues them bigtime…exposes THEIR names, like his was dirtied…and makes them get in front of a judge.

  9. I hope he sues her for defamation of character. He should AT LEAST get reimbursment for his legal expenses.

    Coach B likely got on his arse about it… there’s no way she can reimburse him for that. Imagine your coach/boss getting on you about making your business/franchise look bad and then have the person who files the false police report pull an “April Fools” afterward.

  10. weepingjebus says:
    Dec 15, 2011 2:35 PM
    Good news. This guy is a sparkplug on defense. How does Belichick figure it out?
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    Yeah, if it wasn’t for the sparkplug, that defense would probably be ranked dead last. Oh wait….

  11. Specifically, a review of both witness statements and video surveillance has revealed that the Commonwealth would be unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally engaged in a harmful or offensive touching of the complainant that would be regarded by society as immodest, immoral, and improper…………….”

    “….and, ah, go pats.”

  12. ozierdisaster3335 says:
    Dec 15, 2011 2:22 PM
    I don’t get it, not a hater on the patriots… but why must alot of guys feel that they should be able to lay their hands on women, what’s this world coming to?

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    I guess you missed the part of the article where it says that it was proven that he did not lay his hands on the woman, well it was an easy part to miss it was only the entire article.

  13. mike5011ad says:
    Dec 15, 2011 2:29 PM
    He needs to be charged with impersonating a DB. Sentanced to hard time with the Hartford Colonials…
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    You realize he’s actually a WR right? He’s playing DB because they have no one else to play DB.

  14. schmokes says:Nov 1, 2011 11:34 AM

    I’m sure the assault was recorded on tape somewhere because the pats videotape everything.
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    See how smarter than you, the pats are…

  15. This is why it sucks to be famous. Because people like this, the girl and her boyfriend, try to get rich for doing nothing. So what if it ruins your life and reputation.

    Disgusting.

    You hear of situations like this where people are arrested, have to pay money they don’t have to a lawyer just to prove they were innocent when they were innocent all along.

    Disgusting.

  16. cowboyhater says:Nov 2, 2011 2:59 PM

    I’m beginning to see some chinks in their armor. This is what happens to teams who think they can bring any player onto their roster and reshape their careers. Well how’s that Ochostinko, and Haynesworhtless pick ups going for you. Edelman should be fined, and suspended. People just don’t change, and he is a scumbag.

  17. souldogdave says:
    Dec 15, 2011 2:23 PM
    Now that “complaining witness”is a liar and should be arrested.She shows up with a lawyer! Please, intent to get a payoff if I’ve ever heard of one.

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    Only payoff that happened here was from Robert Kraft to the Boston Police.

  18. A bird in the hand, is worth two in they bush…..

    …but a hand in the bush, is worth two in the clink.

  19. it amazes me to this day that our policy says one thing but real is GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT… why wouldn’t they check the tape as soon as these allegations came out…

  20. I wonder when Goddell will be giving Adelman a four game suspension for having the charges dropped.

    “the Commonwealth has concluded that it would not be able to meet its burden at trial”

    and that is different from how Ben Roethlisberger’s case ended…how?

  21. And this is different from Roethlisberger how? Not from an NFL standpoint because as I understand it his suspension was for alcohol and minors (minors with highly suspect morals, but minors nonetheless) but there was not sufficient evidence from a criminal standpoint to press charges even if the accuser wanted to go forward (as stated by the DA.) So Edelman is STILL a degenerate, correct? Oh well, I’m sure the media-types will tell me what to think. I’ll await further instructions.

  22. pointtakenhowever says:Dec 15, 2011 5:55 PM

    And this is different from Roethlisberger how? Not from an NFL standpoint because as I understand it his suspension was for alcohol and minors (minors with highly suspect morals, but minors nonetheless) but there was not sufficient evidence from a criminal standpoint to press charges even if the accuser wanted to go forward (as stated by the DA.) So Edelman is STILL a degenerate, correct? Oh well, I’m sure the media-types will tell me what to think. I’ll await further instructions.

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    The difference was right there in the story. I’m thinking you just chose not to pay attention to it so you could stick-up for Big Ben.

    There was video evidence proving Edelman did not do what he was accused of. No such recording existed in the Roethlisberger case.

    Ben does seem intent on repairing his reputation though. Good for him.

  23. If you people aren’t willing to read the entire story, why even comment on it? It makes you look entirely stupid to ask questions when the answers are clearly written right in front of you.

    Video evidence showed that the accusations against him were false. The woman should be, in the very least charged with defamation of character. End of story.

  24. Um, I believe our justice system is based on the presentation of evidence that proves you are guilty, not the absence of evidence to prove you are innocent.

    Roethlisberger can’t be guilty just because there’s no videotape to prove that he isn’t.

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