Darrelle Revis incident details confirm that a conviction won’t be easy

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As more details emerge regarding the arrest of Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, it’s becoming more clear that it will be difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed the most serious of the charges currently pending against him: Aggravated assault.

Rich Cimini of ESPN.com summarizes the incident report, pointing out that there is currently no specific evidence that Revis punched either of the two victims. It will be difficult, to say the least, to prove that Revis assaulted anyone without evidence that, you know, he did.

That said, the conspiracy count could bring all of the alleged aggressors (Revis and at least one other person) within the bubble of responsibility. That said, the injuries to the two victims — a bruised cheek for one and a fracture near the eye of the other — don’t seem to be serious enough to prompt the authorities to move heaven and earth in an effort to secure justice.

There’s also a dispute regarding whether Revis became hostile before or after one of the victims started taking cell-phone video of the interaction with Revis. If it’s the former, the victims may have been simply trying to preserve the incident for future use. Blaine Jones, the lawyer representing Revis, contends that Revis became upset because he was being videotaped and otherwise harassed.

A witness, who apparently didn’t witness any punches thrown, claims that at one point Revis said to him, “Do you want to be next?” While that would count as persuasive circumstantial evidence, something more clear will be needed to eliminate reasonable doubt as to whether Revis threw punches.

All things considered (including the notion that the alleged “robbery” resulted simply from the notion that Revis took away the cell phone that was being used to create video), this doesn’t feel like the kind of incident that will result in the investment of significant prosecutorial and judicial resources. Incidents like the one that happened early Sunday morning in Pittsburgh happen throughout the country late in the evening/early in the morning on virtually every weekend of the calendar.

Unless prosecutors have some specific animus toward Revis or a proverbial smoking gun that makes it an open-and-shut case, it’s safe to say that the charges eventually will be reduced (like they were for Joey Porter) and that, ultimately, the situation will be resolved with Revis never facing jail or any other significant consequence.

That said, the NFL may approach the situation differently, given that the league decided after the Ray Rice debacle to no longer defer to the justice system. Given that two men were knocked out cold, a more-probable-than-not conclusion that Revis did it could result in a suspension.

28 responses to “Darrelle Revis incident details confirm that a conviction won’t be easy

  1. Of course if it benefits the Jets from a salary cap standpoint then it is more probable than not there will be a stiff penalty and if it doesn’t then these will not be the droids you are looking for. But that would be true for the outcome of any incident involving the Giants, Steelers and Ravens or Jets, Colts and ‘Hawks. The league takes care of the goodellbot’s operators and favorite rubber stamp owners.

  2. Can everyone say, “Fall guy”. Needless to say it will the “other” guy who threw the punches and be subject to any prosecutorial actions, (if any).

    Still this is likely to cost Revis some money, at least civily, before its all done and swept permanently under the rug. And as for any league action? Are you kidding me, he’s on the Jets. There WILL be no league action. There never is, if you are a team that resides in NJ. Everyone knows that.

  3. This is what prosecutors do. Charge someone with every possible charge. Then offer a plea deal to a some misdemeanor , and it still counts as a conviction. How the justice system works.

  4. Always the lawyer Mike, how about representing the guys that were knocked out instead of the guy that knocked them out.

  5. i, flounder says:
    Feb 17, 2017 7:30 PM
    you’re a vulture on this carcass.
    ___________________

    Uh, I do not think that expression means what you think it means. The story isn’t 48 hours old and is still unfolding.

  6. Regardless of how this plays out for Revis, rest assured that in the end the NYJ will not be handicapped. The Liars Club at NFLHQ will see to that.

  7. This makes no sense for two reasons. The first is Revis just played like trash and is owed a ton of money. He is an obvious target to be cut if he doesn’t take both a huge pay cut and position change.

    It also doesn’t make sense because he’s been a very clean guy throughout his career. Say what you want about him, I can’t remember the last time he was in legal trouble.

  8. In this day and age where self-awareness is key, this is the dumbest move I’ve seen yet in 2017.

    Hey, Mr. Marshall? Us folks, who have been inadvertently paying your salary, would like the “Days Since An Arrest” tote board to go back up. You’re proven wrong, again, and this was/is your teammate.

    Way to be a leader.

    Regardless of anything, Darrelle? What the hell were you thinking? Blaze of glory thing? Everything in the world fell apart now that Rex Ryan’s not in the NFL?

    “Thanks for buying a ticket, Mr. Revis. Your tube is that way… Make sure to grab one of those flame retardant blankets before you exit. Have a safe trip.”

  9. So, the cellphone was destroyed. Because he’s a jet, goodell would never suspend him 4 games. On the other hand, would the Jets really care? Congrats on being played by the Patriots once again.

  10. Revis pleads to a disorderly conduct charge ( perhaps 2 …because
    of two alleged victims) He pays what is called ” max fine and court
    costs …about $ 550.00. The vistims may hold him up for assurances
    that he pay their medical bills. This happens all the time in Pittsburgh
    City Court. The prosecutors are young DA’s and it their job to try
    to determine what needs held over for trial and what needs to be resolved at a lower court. 80 percent of cases like this get resolved at
    the city- court ( also called prelim ) level.
    The facts of this incident are exactly like many cases that arise in
    this court. Most of these cases are a case where both sides were out of line. Many turn on the simple fact that one party reported it to the police before the other. The first reporting party usually has the
    advantage. This can be frustrating to someone like Revis who probably
    was minding his own business until these victims approached him
    because of his celebrity status. Perhaps the victims stepped over the line, which in turn caused Revis and his party to react inappropriately.
    In many of these cases where the Asst DA is reasonable and not trying to be a future star…a mutual resolution can be reached at that level..
    The worst that could happen is that the victims play hard ball as well as the Asst DA ( or the Asst DA is not strong enough to work it out.)
    This would result in some of the charges being held over for trial. Which means the case gets assigned to a real Judge. Still at that level many cases work out because they are months removed from the incident. The nature of injuries is truly known and the victims and
    Defendant may be able to work out a settlement. These factors as well as others facts may lend to a settlement. Bottom line Revis may have to pay some medical bills but most likely he will plead to a summary
    offense at worst.

  11. I don’t understand why ANYONE associated with the Jets would care about the salary cap. The Jets have ZERO talent, an old roster and no one else who would be worth paying top $$$.

    Can we stop it with the Jets and any other irrelevant team and their salary cap, please…

  12. Of course he is being defended it’s the Liberal Media’s M.O. If the accused is white he’s guilty and it’s part of a larger problem. If he’s black we need to wait until the facts come in, but most likely he’s the victim of something.

  13. So, the cellphone was destroyed. Because he’s a jet, goodell would never suspend him 4 games. On the other hand, would the Jets really care? Congrats on being played by the Patriots once again.

    Getting a little late victim whine there Rug? Congrats on getting burned by Roger again.

    Regis will get off easy because he was being harassed by a couple of drunks and defended himself.

  14. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 18, 2017 12:10 PM

    So, the cellphone was destroyed. Because he’s a jet, goodell would never suspend him 4 games. On the other hand, would the Jets really care? Congrats on being played by the Patriots once again.

    Getting a little late victim whine there Rug? Congrats on getting burned by Roger again.

    Regis will get off easy because he was being harassed by a couple of drunks and defended himself.
    ——————————————————–
    36-17. You are a victim of the world champion New Enlalnd Patriots. Love it.

  15. I know this may sound strange but in America you still have rights! You have the right to protect yourself against an intrusion of your privacy! An invasion of privacy occurs when there is an intrusion upon your reasonable expectation to be left alone. Unlike other forms of invasion of privacy, intrusion of solitude does not require any publication of private facts or images—the act of intrusion alone violates the law. But, if you’re just walking down the street and someone takes a picture of you without your permission, they’re well within their rights no matter how violated you might feel. Revis was wrong in taking that persons private property unless that person was using it as a weapon against him. This sound like a he said, she said case, so the DA will charge both and throw it out!

  16. This is what prosecutors do. Charge someone with every possible charge. Then offer a plea deal to a some misdemeanor , and it still counts as a conviction. How the justice system works.
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    All to often that’s the case. They get a minor conviction and the person being charged gets a mega lawyer bill.

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