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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: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:44 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

 Jefferson was the intended victim of felonious assault and he defended himself.
Jefferson has staunchly said he was not involved *at all*, so your statement makes no sense.





Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:23 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

"Of course you think he is not guilty...he's your star QB"

Um..I don't think there's an LSU fan out there who would call Jefferson our "Star QB"...more like Quarterback by default.  We just want the kid treated fairly.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:03 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

"And not only that, it takes almost a year to get DNA results back in murder cases" Maybe in W Va.
hahahah.....that is so funny. The funny think is I don't live in WV. Try again
Why so much hatred and bitterness Moutaineer?  You refuse to take up for the state of West Virginia, yet you troll and attack LSU and Louisiana like Morris Claiborne stole your lunch money or something (of course he is so fast you wouldn't notice, so it must be something else).

So you hate West Virginia, yet you are a Mountaineer fan, and you have a childlike unreasonable towards Louisiana, and in fact the South in general.  Are they maybe other issues you might want to discuss?

Let me guess - you are....17?



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:01 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

Pro career in doubt?  Pro career as what? Slicing meat in a deli?



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:00 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

"If he was white, he wouldn't be facing a Grand Jury.  "  Dumb a$$, Jefferson has a WHITE co-defendant facing the same charges in the same grand jury.






Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 4:09 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

Actually, I think he's not guilty because of the overwhelming evidence that tends to show that he did not commit a crime.  I really don't like him as our quarterback because this whole incident shows that he's perhaps not the most thoughtful person, which we've all seen on the field when he gets the "deer in the headlights" look at the most crucial points of games.   As a former prosecutor in New Orleans, I can tell you that this case does not have to be presented to the grand jury.  By doing so, a group of his peers will review all of the conflicting reports and decide if there is enough evidence to go forward.  This will be done behind closed doors because of the secrecy of the grand jury proceedings and the DA will hope there is no indictment.  The grand jury is used as a vehicle to get a "no bill" which gives the District Attorney political cover when the charges don't go forward.    DAs use this process when they want to get rid of a case which has a lot of media coverage.  Oh, one more thing.  You sound like so many of my clients who hated defense attorneys until they needed one for themself or a close family member.  You should try to be less judgmental.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:58 pm
 

I'm not an LSU fan...

...but I can see when a kid is being railroaded.  Most of the employees of the bar have testified that the players were attacked, and were defending themselves.  Jefferson was the intended victim of felonious assault and he defended himself.  If he was white, he'd be a "hero."  Instead, he is being given Jim Crow "justice" in one of the most corrupt "legal" systems in the country.  
 
If he was white, he wouldn't be facing a Grand Jury.  It's shameful that, nearly 50 years after the Rosa Parks incident, justice for African-Americans is still being shoved to the "back of the bus."  You would think they would know better by now.  I guess the statements of the bar emplyees and his teammates aren't enough to prove his innocence in the eyes of the DA's office.  Whatever happened to the burden of proof being on the prosecutors? 
 
Hopefully, the Grand Jury still believes in "innocent until proven guilty."
 
 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:36 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

do you really think he wouldn't have been charged if there wasn't some sort of evidence showing he was invovled?"  Please tell me that you've never served on a criminal jury where some person's freedom was at stake.
Of course you think he is not guilty...he's your star QB. His attorney is no different than any other defense attorney who says his client is not guilty and there is proof of it. 

My comment was more geared to the comment about DNA and Jefferson having to change shirts. If that was the case, he never would have been charged or the charges would already have been dropped 



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:26 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

"do you really think he wouldn't have been charged if there wasn't some sort of evidence showing he was invovled?"  Please tell me that you've never served on a criminal jury where some person's freedom was at stake.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:23 pm
 

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

Sorry...the funny "thing" is I don't live in WV. And if you think the South where LSU is is any better than in WV where WVU is, you obviously don't get out much


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