Skip to comments.Maryland judge says college football player 'guilty as sin,' but acquits him of assault
Posted on 08/17/2004 7:28:56 PM PDT by freespirited
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) A judge, while acknowledging he believed a college football player was ''guilty as sin,'' acquitted him of charges related to a run-in with police after a lawyer argued that a conviction could end the player's career. Gregory D. Powell, 20, was charged with assaulting police and disorderly conduct after a June disturbance at a motel where police had ordered underage drinkers to pour out their beer. Powell's attorney told Judge R. Patrick Hayman during the non-jury trial that a conviction or probation could end Powell's career as a wide receiver at the University of Maryland. ''Son, you are about to get an early Christmas present, because I know what effect a probation would have,'' Hayman told the defendant Monday. ''And it is a gift, because you are guilty as sin. I'm going to find you not guilty.'' Powell admitted cursing at an officer and leaving the motel room after police entered. Officers then used pepper spray on Powell and said he was under arrest. Afterward, Powell fought with officers and tried to run, police said. A spokesman for Maryland's football program said Powell was likely to face disciplinary action, but the charges had not kept him out of preseason practices.
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Maryland's punishment-No second helpings in the dessert section for the next home game.
Go Terps. Or should I say Perps.
chalk it up to Solomon-like wisdom and "judical discretion".
He'll make a fine crybaby NFL player some day that no coach can teach and no fan can stand.
Maybe a Just Damn ping is not in order, but a SAY WHAT? ping is..
If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...
The question not asked is, "How many gifts did Judge Hayman get"?
In Louisiana we just send them to McNeese. I remember a few years back we had one guy go off to Miami. He lasted less than a year before he was caught robbing someone's apartment. Apparently his multimillion dollar contract just wasn't enough.
Wow, a future Dallas player
Perps! good one.
As Dan Jenkins once wrote "buy him his own 7-11 then he can rob it any time he wants to."
Whatever happened to "Well, you should've thought about that BEFORE you assaulted the police officer???"
OK, that settles it,
I won't watch anymore organized or professional sports!
(Not that I was in the first place, but this puts the nail in the "I hate sports" coffin.)
No-fault life is, of course, the notion that there are no consequences for one's own actions.
Put a styrofoam cup of hot coffee between your legs and get scalded as a result? No problem. It's not your fault -- it's the fault of a big deep-pocket corporation.
Assault a police officer? No problem. It's your fault, but having to serve a probation would interfere with your life, so, voila, no fault.
I could give other examples, but I think you can see what I mean.