Trio acquitted of stabbing Mike Adams

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If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.

That 19-year-old mantra from the late Johnnie Cochran perfectly captures the spirit of the American criminal justice system, which skews toward letting the guilty go free over imprisoning the innocent, via a ridiculously high standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

That principle made Wednesday’s acquittal of three men charged with stabbing Steelers tackle Mike Adams a no brainer.  And that’s indeed what happened.

Two vastly different versions emerged at trial, with Adam claiming the men stabbed him in a carjacking attempt and the defense claiming Adams was drunk and loud and started a fight.  With Adams’ blood-alcohol content measured at 0.185 percent, it becomes difficult if not impossible for a jury to buy his story strongly enough to overcome the very high reasonable doubt standard.

One of the men was convicted of escape and another was convicted of flight to avoid apprehension.  None were found guilty of the far more serious crimes of attempted murder and aggravated assault.

The defense argued that Adams lied about the incident to stay out of trouble with the team.  It’ll be interesting to see whether the ultimate outcome creates any issues for him with the Steelers.  He’s entering the third year of a four-year contract signed in 2012.

25 responses to “Trio acquitted of stabbing Mike Adams

  1. People get convicted every day based on the reasonable doubt standard. How can you make a blanket statement that it’s ridiculous? There is a lot more that goes into getting a conviction or an acquittal than just the reasonable doubt standard. Who knows how well the evidence was produced and explained…who knows how believable everyone’s testimony was…

  2. Last week all the Steelers fans basically said that it was cut and dried… guess not

  3. He’s a joke the only way he gets on the field is as a 3rd TE in jumbo sets because he sucks so bad. What a bust he’s been. And I’m a steeler fan.

  4. If Adams hadn’t lied about smoking pot at the combine, and had been honest about how much he had to drink that night, then maybe the jury would have bought his version of events, and the verdict would have been different.

  5. ‘Ridiculously High Standard” ?? That is exactly what is necessary to keep from putting innocent people in jail. If, in our country we get rid of that standard, we are doomed!!

  6. This country has one of the highest incarceration rate in the world, I think the standard is being met quite often.

  7. Munchak, the miracle worker.
    I realize the guy was a Hall-of-Famer, but I’d feel more confident if he’d actually been a part of championship teams when he played. Instead, Munchak is mostly known for having played on highly talented but grossly underachieving teams.
    We shall see of he’s the miracle worker everyone seems to think he is. I’m guessing he was fired for a reason.

  8. Adams improved greatly from last training camp to the end of the season, mostly because, oh yeah, he was stabbed! Give the guy a break and a little time.
    Munchak was a great hall of fame lineman who is obviously a good enough teacher and leader to have made it all the way to a head coaching position in the NFL. I can’t think of very many retired linemen with his resume.
    How can you say his teams were underachievers? If anything they were underrated and I’m sure Steelers players who lined up opposite him would say the same.

  9. Munchak played with the Houston Oilers, who were prohibitive Super Bowl favorites in 1992 and again in 1993. How’d that work out? That’s probably how I can say his teams were underachievers.

  10. The Houston Oilers had not been the prohibitive favorite in any year. Especially in ’92 – ’93 with the likes of Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Steve Young and Troy Aikman playing. Offense was not the reason they had early playoff exits – their defense let them down most of the time. The Oilers were one of the best offenses in the league during those years and that line held very well given the number of pass attempts in the run and shoot. Also, Warren Moon went down midway through one of those years – I think ’92.

  11. Look it up.
    The NFL Network just did a documentary on the 1993 Houston team, in which the Oilers’ famous collapses were well outlined. In 1993, Munchak was regarded as a “distraction” and a “troublemaker” for fighting with a teammate.
    In 1992, the Steelers were 10-point underdogs in the season-opener in Houston. The Oilers were most definitely preseason favorites to not only win the AFC Central but to also represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. They did neither. Cowher’s Steelers shocked them in Houston en route to winning the division. The Oilers, meanwhile, blew an 35-point lead and lost to the Bills in the playoffs that season.

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