Report: Grand jury subpoenas are being sent out in connection with Deshaun Watson allegations

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Deshaun Watson‘s camp has believed that it’s inevitable a grand jury will be convened to assess the allegations of misconduct against him. Reportedly, that grand jury is being convened.

According to Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston, subpoenas are being sent out in connection with the process. This means that witnesses are being asked (technically, compelled) to testify before the grand jury.

The Harris County district attorney’s office declined comment to Berman, but it did not deny his report.

Although 22 civil lawsuits have been filed against Watson, 10 individuals (as of last count) had filed criminal complaints. Only very few allege forcible sexual contact by Watson. However, it takes only one credible witness to prompt an indictment and, eventually and potentially, a conviction.

It’s easy to get an indictment. The presentation of the facts occurs in one-sided fashion, with the defendant not involved or represented. There’s no cross examination by Watson’s lawyer of those who claim misconduct.

Basically, if the grand jury believes the person making the allegations, an indictment will be issued. If Watson is indicted on only one felony charge, he most likely will be placed on paid leave by the league office.

23 responses to “Report: Grand jury subpoenas are being sent out in connection with Deshaun Watson allegations

  1. Thanks for the explanation Mike. It’s sad how often your legal training comes in handy on a sports talk web site

  2. Rebuttal from Watson’s lawyer at trial: “That’s totally inappropriate. It’s lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous.”

  3. Should we assume Watson’s “camp” has already consulted with Bob Craft’s Florida lawyers?

  4. Watson is screwed, unless one of Johnny Cochran’s love child’s grew up to be a lawyer, and can get the case moved to a courthouse in Compton.

  5. Yep, it’s easy to get an indictment. The prosecutor just has to want one.

    Regards,

    Cops that shoot unarmed persons.

  6. Now there’s another report out that some of the plaintiffs “resent” the questions NFL investigators are asking. Problem is, they’re going to be asked those questions anyway by any attorney worth his salt, and eventually they will have to answer them. Seriously, when one looks at what has actually been alleged (and almost all the media is only “summarizing” the allegations), there’s a lot of smoke, but that smoke may not be from any actual fire.

  7. Are the women being charged wirh prostitution also at least the ones not alledging rape?

  8. …and so it start’s. I said this from the beginning, he will not play this year. He career is in jeopardy. These are terrible allegations and we all like the redemption/second chance story of success. But this will be tough. I’ts the numbers and same M.O. by him, for if it was one or a few women, he could come out of it eventually. If this goes to trial and we get 10-15-20 women testifying, it will be tough on him. Innocent until proven guilty. Good luck to him, as he will need it.

  9. xofdallas says:
    August 13, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Seriously, when one looks at what has actually been alleged (and almost all the media is only “summarizing” the allegations), there’s a lot of smoke, but that smoke may not be from any actual fire.

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    Tell me – when’s the last time a group of 22 women made an accusation that turned out to be false?

  10. Tell me – when’s the last time a group of 22 women made an accusation that turned out to be false?

    Exactly. Only took 11 to get Cuomo to resign rather than get impeached. And no charges filed…yet.

  11. Sounds like Goodell is at it again. His “investigators” have been busy victim blaming and deflecting and asking questions about what the women were wearing.

    Goodell is a disgrace. It’s all about money.

    Follow the money people! Ratings will be lower with less star qbs on fields, unless it’s framing Brady of course, to appease a slew of owner$.

  12. bloodonhishands says:
    August 13, 2021 at 4:08 pm
    Should we assume Watson’s “camp” has already consulted with Bob Craft’s Florida lawyers?

    67 25 Rate This

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    Ummm, consenting adults are consenting adults.

  13. When Watson goes down, he has no one to blame but himself. Not only could he not have done what he did, he could have just settled out and refused.

    Hope he enjoys whatever he majored in at Clemson.

  14. In a world full of opinions I am always thankful to hear from someone that understand how processes truly operate. As always, appreciate you, Mike!

  15. My main question is how long this was going on and how long did the Texans know?

  16. You can’t lie under oath. It’s one thing to try to get a secret financial settlement, figuring Watson will cave. But it’s quite another thing to interview the accusers under oath, including cross examinations that bring up these women’s past’s. The defense gets to call witnesses too, including men who might have received “special” benefits from the accusers. It gets ugly in the courtroom. That’s why people settle. But Watson wanted everything out in the open, from the beginning. It was the accusers who wanted everything kept secret. I don’t think Watson has anything to hide. Perhaps the accusers do. There are a great many Americans who believe in the “Boys will be Boys” idea. Unless there was a great deal of election fraud, Trump got around 70 million votes, and he wasn’t exactly a choir boy. Millions of women voted for him, too, so it’s not just sleaze ball men. I’m not getting political, I’m just saying Americans are ok with certain behaviors. You can use Bill Clinton’s name too, if you don’t want to seem like you’re picking on one party. I’m not speaking for myself. I’m just observing how Americans behave. There’s no use lying, and it’s no secret.

  17. I’ll put the over under at 3 business days next week before we hear he’s going on the list and the NFL will announce it at 459 pm est on Friday because it will die the quickest then because next week will be time to discuss games, roster spots and position battles. And he, will be pushed out of the PR spotlight right as the push leading into the season begins to get more ramped up. Just my guess

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