Tag:Lewis Unglesby
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Jefferson pleads not guilty to battery charge

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In what's been a busy couple of days for Jordan Jefferson, the former LSU quarterback has pled not guilty to the misdemeanor simple battery charge stemming from last August's infamous fight outside a Baton Rouge bar.

If convicted, Jefferson faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. His case is set to be heard May 10 in the East Baton Rouge Parish court.

Jefferson had originally been charged with felony battery, but the lack of DNA evidence and other factors led to the grand jury reducing the charge to a misdemeanor, resulting in the lifting of Jefferson's suspension midway through the 2011 season.

Jefferson and his attorneys have maintained his innocence throughout the process, with attorney Lewis Unglesby saying in September that Jefferson "will never be convicted" in a trial setting. 

Though the impending court date and reports from the bar fight won't do Jefferson any favors in the eyes of NFL scouts, one draft expert told CBSSports.com LSU RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau it doesn't make any real difference--Jefferson won't be drafted regardless.

"I was surprised he was invited (to the NFL Draft combine)," said expert Mike Detillier. "I don't think Jordan can throw accurately enough to play in the NFL. He has a strong arm. He's a good athlete. But in the NFL you have to throw accurately from the pocket. He struggled with that his whole career." 

Jefferson will try and disprove those doubts at the combine, set for Feb. 22.

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

QB Jefferson to take stand as grand jury convenes

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.
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:58 am
 

DNA evidence inconclusive for Jefferson, Johns

Posted by Adam Jacobi

No. 3 LSU has caught a major break in the August assault case that has kept QB Jordan Jefferson and LB Josh Johns off the field for the first three weeks, as it appears there may not be sufficient evidence linking the two players to the fight. Jefferson and Johns have both been suspended indefinitely since August 26, when both were charged with second degree felonies for their alleged roles in a bar fight that left two men hospitalized.

LSU RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau has reported that the DNA tests on Jefferson's shoes have been ruled inconclusive by East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore, as have the tests on Johns' shoes. This development isn't quite the same as a full-on exoneration, but it is enough for Jefferson's attorney Lewis Unglesby to declare that Jefferson never should have been arrested in the first place.

Since the assault case is before a grand jury, it's up to that grand jury to decide whether to drop the charges or formally press them, according to Moore. Moore expects the grand jury to meet at least a second time, according to Guilbeau, and does not expect a decision to be made by Wednesday. To that end, it's probably unlikely that Jefferson will be cleared to participate in LSU's game at No. 16 West Virginia this Saturday.

Fortunately for LSU, even if Jefferson were exonerated immediately and allowed to participate in Saturday's contest, there's hardly a guarantee that he would be asked to start, as senior Jarrett Lee has been outstanding in his triumphant return to the starting role at quarterback. In his first three games (including a Dallas game against then-No. 3 Oregon and a road date with then-No. 25 Mississippi State), Lee has thrown for 444 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception in 40-59 passing. Better yet, the Tigers are 3-0 and rolling.

So even as Jefferson had started 27 of his last 28 games before his suspension, and had been considered a lock at starting quarterback before the August 19 assault that Jefferson was allegedly involved in took place, the play of Lee has made Jefferson's return more of a nice bonus than a coming of the cavalry. It will be interesting to see, though, just how long Lee's allowed to stay in a game once Jefferson comes back if the Tigers' passing game starts struggling again. 
 
 
 
 
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