Posted November 25, 2013

State attorney does not expect Jameis Winston to speak with investigators

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State attorney William Meggs called the investigation into the sexual assault case involving Jameis Winston a "cluster." (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

State attorney William Meggs called the investigation into the sexual assault case involving Jameis Winston a “cluster.” (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

William Meggs, state attorney, told USA Today Sports that he does not expect Florida State quarterback to Jameis Winston to speak with investigators about about an alleged sexual assault that took place Dec. 7, 2012.

The incident has resurfaced this past week, and investigators will now be faced with an 11-month delay on the case. From USA Today’s report:

“You can’t compel him to talk,” Meggs said. “He has a right against self-incrimination, so I doubt very seriously we’re going to get a statement from Jameis Winston.”

Meggs, an attorney with the Second Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee, said the case did not follow normal protocol. Meggs said he was surprised he didn’t learn about the case when it was filed with the Tallahassee Police Department in December. From the report:

“Since it’s now been dumped in our laps, we’re going to make sure it is properly investigated,” Meggs said Friday morning at his office in downtown Tallahassee. “Whether it has been so far, I don’t know.”

Meggs added that he had not read the entire report, which has been heavily redacted and does not outright identify Winston as a suspect. From USA Today:

“Our job is to protect the rights of the victim and the rights of the defendant,” Meggs said. “We will try to do both of those things and seek and achieve a fair result.”

For now, Florida State has made no change to Winston’s status on the team. The quarterback led the Seminoles 59-3 win over Syracuse, completing 19 of 21 attempts for 277 yards and two touchdowns.


22 comments
gshirley07
gshirley07

Not saying that Jameis has done anything wrong but if this situation were to arise with just an average "Joe" he would be arrested and charged. The police department would then say that determining guilt or innocence would be up to the judicial system. It happens everyday all across the country, not saying that is the correct approach but that is how such situations are normally handled. I have seen where this situation has been described as a "she said he said", I would think in that situation it would be for the courts to decide and not the local police department. 

BillCollins
BillCollins

I think the negative comments here are from fans of other teams MORE LIKELY OHIO STATE!

teds61
teds61

Jameis? Do his parents both have a lisp?

John4
John4

Famous Jameis - quick contact Ben Roethlisberger's attorneys.  They can tell you how to pay your way out of rape allegations from moving to a formal criminal charge.  Rapists like you and him need to stick together.  

John4
John4

All the victim has to do is sue him in civil court.  Then the truth will come out, and criminal charges can and will be pressed.  If you think otherwise, consider this:  How many times have YOU avoided talking to an attorney with ANY Judicial court system because of your right  "against self-incrimination"?  None of you. That's how many.  Famous Jameis is a rapist.  Clear as day.  

John4
John4

Since he won't talk, it's obvious he did it.  Otherwise, why not fully cooperate and clear your name and remove any lingering doubt?  I will tell you why.  It's because he can't.  He clearly raped that woman.  

ImmaFubared
ImmaFubared

Ya well they are not going to do anything to trash the team and Florida in general.

The thing is, if its you and you did nada, not only would you yell like hell, you would demand an immediate investigation to clear your name. Silence is the defining note! 

Roy1
Roy1

My first thought, when these 'allegations' come out a year after the fact, is that they are bull.  

ThatGuyFromThatThing72
ThatGuyFromThatThing72

@gshirley07 Really Shirley??  Did you read the police report?  There is, was, no evidence, not even circumstantial evidence to arrest anybody.  The victim, accuser didn't even name a suspect until a month later and they have no probable cause for anything.  Police departments investigate and refer viable cases to the states attorney to do the charging, etc.  You don't go straight to the courts! I rarely post on the internet about such nonsense... I guess it's frustration from seeing folks who don't know sh*t from shinola is getting to me on this one.

God bless this woman if she is a victim of a crime.  I hope she does get justice, even if it is indeed Jameis Winston.  


BillCollins
BillCollins

@teds61 You sound so intelligent!   JAMEIS is his name football & baseball are his games get over it!

J69
J69

@John4 Its people like you who would avoid due process that inspired the civil rights movement. Thanks idiot.   

L7
L7

@John4"Winston's name does not appear in the redacted version of the complaint, dated December 7, and a suspect description includes a height ranging between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11, several inches shorter than the 6-foot-4 quarterback."

John4
John4

@Roy1 Roy1 - if that's your first thought, then you are a moron.  

PhilipBrown
PhilipBrown

@Roy1  They didn't come out after a year, they were sat on and not porperly investigated


ThatGuyFromThatThing72
ThatGuyFromThatThing72

@John4 @Roy1 Fact 1~ The allegations are sexual battery, read the report, not assault!  Huge difference.  Google the legal definitions- scholars.  Fact 2~ The victim did not name a suspect until 1 month later.  Description did not fit Jameis Winston, other than they were both black. Fact 3~ TPD did not have probable cause to question Jameis Winston, so he wasn't.  Fact 4~ Nobody has been charged with a crime.  Innocent until proven guilty, right?  Fact 5~ JW has two affidavits with corroborating views on events or potential events.  

Specuation/Opinion 1~ Once Jameis was contacted by police in the case he got representation.  ANY lawyer, with a guilty or innocent client, would say don't speak to anyone unless you are compelled to.  Jansen probably told police if you have probable cause we will talk.  This extends to the media.  Even if he is as innocent of as the driven snow, all attorneys will tell you, don't talk to media.  Speculation/Opinion 2~ TPD has never shown any favoritism toward FSU football players.  Speculation/Opinion 3~ Jansen said that TPD told him and FSU the case was closed.  It probably was.  TPD was probably CYA'ing by sending to State's Attorney.  This "scandal" was first reported by TMZ, gossip site, insinuating that TPD was covering for JW.  Most closed cases do not make it to the SA's office.  TPD wanted to make sure they weren't accused of wrong doing so threw it into the SA's lap to say the same thing- there is no there there.  Speculation/Opinion 3~ The SA's office will not charge JW because they got nothing.

All that being said, the damage is done.  With lack of anything credible, JW's name has been plastered everywhere with the words sexual assault with wild speculation that he is some kind of monster.  The court of public opinion is what it is.  Continue on internet haters...

Mike26
Mike26

@MAAUGUST_1 Poptarts?  REally?  I always pictured these folks as Cheetos eaters!

MAAUGUST_1
MAAUGUST_1

Great explanation to those who needed one, you know who you are lurking in your parents basement eating pop tarts and drinking Mountain Dew in your underwear you don't have a clue this guy speaks the truth and understands the judicial system. Well done sir