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QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

Posted on: September 21, 2011 1:04 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 1:12 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Jordan Jefferson
will have the opportunity to tell the court his version of the Aug. 19 bar fight that resulted in his felony arrest--in his own words.

That's the news from Jefferson attorney Lewis Unglesby, who per CBSSports.com RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau told media that Jefferson would be taking the stand himself during court proceedings next week.

 "Usually the defendant doesn't testify, but Jordan has consistently held the same position," Unglesby said. "He didn't do it."

This news arrives as the local court convenes a grand jury to determine whether ot not to indict Jefferson on his felony second-degree battery charge. According to District Attorney Hillar Moore III, the grand jury could elect to indict the senior quarterback, reduce his charges, or throw them out altogether.

"We want the jury to hear all sides so they can make the appropriate charges, if any," Moore said. He added that the level of "misinformation" and "confusion" surrounding the case has made the grand jury testimony necessary so the conflicting witness accounts can be presented "under oath and under the potential penalty of perjury."

Jefferson apparently won't be the only LSU player testifying to his innocence. Moore also revealed that 18 different Tiger teammates had signed "witness testimony" to the effect that Jefferson had done nothing wrong in the bar fight. Michael Bienvenu, attorney for four non-players injured in the fight, did offer that the players coming forward now -- after the arrests have already been made -- "looks suspicious" from his and his clients' point-of-view.

(Not surprisingly, Les Miles was happy that so many members of his team had come to their teammate's aid. But he was also less than thrilled that so many members had eelcted to break the team's curfew in the first place.)

Now, we're certainly no lawyers. But between

1. The lack of DNA evidence indicting Jefferson (and fellow accused teammate Josh Johns)
2. A DA who seems less-than-entirely-confident in the grand jury following through on the felony battery charge
3. The amount of witness testimony that would seem to exonerate Jefferson (even if testimony also exists that would condemn him)
4. A primary accuser who may not be entirely credible

the prevailing legal trend here would seem to be one in Jefferson's favor. It's not responsible to speculate on what conclusions the grand jury might reach -- or what those conclusiosn might mean for LSU, merrily plugging along with Jarrett Lee at quarterback -- but the door towards a Jefferson return at least appears to be open a crack. For now.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:59 am
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

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Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:30 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

Even if he is cleared I don't see Jefferson being the starter



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:33 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

Couldn't have written this any better myself.  Miles is a classy coach... he will do the classy thing.  Jarret Lee has earned is good fortune.



Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 11:59 am
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

I wouldn't see JJ starting even if he was accepted back on the team.  For one, he hasn't been working out with the team.  Also, I would think Les would stick with Lee.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it.  



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 11:35 am
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

You can ask Lee where he was and he'll tell you the name of the bar he was at, and the rules that the players were willing to break have been broken since the late 70s and 80% of the team broke them that night! It's called traditon



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:03 am
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

I see Jefferson's return as not a good thing for this LSU football team in the midst of a great performing team ranked # 2 in the nation. 

His absence and Jarrett Lee's performance have finally given LSU the passing attack and the leadership that they never had last year under Jefferson.   Lee's 214 yards and 21-27 against Miss State is way better than Jefferson has ever done.  A good game for Jeffferson last year was 150 yards passing in a game.  If we remember last year, it was  Jefferson who threw for only 31 yards all night plus an interception against WVU, and that is the reason LSU struggled to beat West Virginia. 

LSU won games despite Jefferson's poor performances, and this year Lee is managing and leading this team with growing confidence.   I hope coach Les Miles will not allow Jefferson to come back and start whinning about getting his job back.  In my opinion,  the sooner Jefferson leaves LSU alone the sooner this Tiger team can live up to it's full potential.  

I don't believe the four girls that witnessed Jefferson Kicking Lowery are lieing, and I don't believe all of the 14 football players are telling the truth about Jefferson not being in the fight.  

To show the difference in Lee and Jefferson. one has to ask where was Lee that night and why did choose to obey the rules and show leadership while Jefferson chose to disobey and show none.    To me Jefferson's willingness to break Coach Miles rules and then get involved in a stupid Bar room fight shows no leadership at all and therein lies  the difference between Lee and Jefferson. 

To allow Jefferson to reclaim his starting position would be a major kick in the gut to Jarrett Lee after all he has sacraficed to stuck with this program when he certainly could have transferred to another program.  Jarrett Lee is a quality individual and LSU is darn lucky to have him as their quarterback this year.     



Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:20 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

I really dont know why people are so vindictive and mean....its a national trend.....If Jordon Jefferson can come back to LSU and finish his year......good for him.....J.Lee has improved greatly under his new Coaches....as I am sure JJ has......I cant help but be irritated at such blatantly ugly comments.... probably coming from  people  who have never played a down of football....theonly thing they can run is their mouths......Good thing we have good Coaches and JJ and JJ have good team mates....I will leave it in  their capable hands and trust their judgement if  and when the time comes........



Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2011 8:42 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

That won't happen CJ.  We have to pull scholarship offers to great athletes every year.  I doubt they'll cut a recruit to give him an extra year.  We will have several capable QB's next year.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:18 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

My greatest fear is LSU finds a way to redshirt him and we are stuck with him next year.  LSU is so young they should be better next year.



Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:03 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

Mountaineers guy you may be 1 of the people I have ever seen post!!! #1 DNA test DO NOT take a year to get results it is not 1985. If you think Morgantown or the state of West Virginia is comparable to Baton Rouge or the state of La you are delusional. #3 you called Jefferson a "star" nobody who has ever watched a LSU fan or not has thought of him as a "star".. Don't worry there are special schools for people like you.  WVU will get beat Saturday by 3 TD's, WVU is terrible always have been always will be they can't even win the sorry ass Big East and produce NO NFL talent.

And to the guy who said Jefferson's NFL career was now in jeopardy, I hate to break the news to you but Jefferson never had a shot at the NFL at least not as a QB. I do agree it's a shame that he will miss his senior season 


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