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SteelCrazy
04-06-2010, 09:09 PM
The Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault investigation is complete ... except for one Big thing.

Milledgeville Police Chief Woodrow Blue tells TMZ they've completed their investigation -- including a follow-up interview with the alleged victim -- but they'd still like to button it up with a follow-up interview with Big Ben. Problem is -- Ben's not talking.

So assuming Ben exercises his right to remain silent, the Chief is still kosher with the case -- kinda sorta. We asked Chief Blue if he's satisfied, and he said, "Yeah, I guess."

Ben's lawyer isn't talking about why Ben isn't talking.

As for when a decision will be made on whether to prosecute the Pittsburgh Steelers QB, we're told the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will make that call ... "soon."


Read more: http://www.tmz.com/#ixzz0kN96oiDO

Discipline of Steel
04-06-2010, 09:43 PM
The fact that police chief is talking to TMZ and not ESPN should tell us something.

Djfan
04-06-2010, 09:52 PM
It feels like there is about two minutes left in the super bowl and we are down by more than a field goal.

SteelCrazy
04-06-2010, 10:20 PM
It feels like there is about two minutes left in the super bowl and we are down by more than a field goal.

Yea, I have that bad feeling too.......I just wish they would prosecute or not!

Shawn
04-06-2010, 11:52 PM
I have no idea what that means. But, I find it odd...going from eating crow...to "I guess". I haven't been this confused since that one time at band camp. :lol:

feltdizz
04-07-2010, 01:13 PM
If Ben isn't agreeing to a second interview and the girl isn't cooperating there has to be a payoff in place. Oops, for the stuffy shirts let me rephrase... it "appears" a settlement may already be in place. :D wouldn't want anyone to think I'm Ben or his lawyer :roll:

I'm not sure if this makes a GBI look to move forward based on the lack of cooperation or drop it based on lack of cooperation.

Just make a decision already.

Shawn
04-07-2010, 01:33 PM
If Ben isn't agreeing to a second interview and the girl isn't cooperating there has to be a payoff in place. Oops, for the stuffy shirts let me rephrase... it "appears" a settlement may already be in place. :D wouldn't want anyone to think I'm Ben or his lawyer :roll:

I'm not sure if this makes a GBI look to move forward based on the lack of cooperation or drop it based on lack of cooperation.

Just make a decision already.

The girl re-interviewed.

ANPSTEEL
04-07-2010, 01:36 PM
per the AP
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/1317 ... ines;other (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/13171534/police-work-done-roethlisberger-probe-goes-to-da?tag=headlines;other)

Police work done, Roethlisberger probe goes to DA
April 7, 2010
CBSSports.com wire reports


MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Milledgeville police say they have finished their investigation into a 20-year-old college student's claim that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her.

Chief Woodrow Blue said in a statement Wednesday that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Milledgeville police handed the investigation report and witness statements to local District Attorney Fred Bright on Tuesday evening.

A woman who answered the phone at Bright's office Wednesday said the DA had just received the documents and would not comment before reading them.

Roethlisberger is accused of sexually assaulting the student at a nightclub in Milledgeville on March 5. Roethlisberger has not been charged and his lawyer disputes the accusation.

SteelBucks
04-07-2010, 01:51 PM
per the AP
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/1317 ... ines;other (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/13171534/police-work-done-roethlisberger-probe-goes-to-da?tag=headlines;other)

Police work done, Roethlisberger probe goes to DA
April 7, 2010
CBSSports.com wire reports


MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Milledgeville police say they have finished their investigation into a 20-year-old college student's claim that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her.

Chief Woodrow Blue said in a statement Wednesday that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Milledgeville police handed the investigation report and witness statements to local District Attorney Fred Bright on Tuesday evening.

A woman who answered the phone at Bright's office Wednesday said the DA had just received the documents and would not comment before reading them.

Roethlisberger is accused of sexually assaulting the student at a nightclub in Milledgeville on March 5. Roethlisberger has not been charged and his lawyer disputes the accusation.


I'm not sure why, but I got a bad feeling about this.

ANPSTEEL
04-07-2010, 01:55 PM
per the AP
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/1317 ... ines;other (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/13171534/police-work-done-roethlisberger-probe-goes-to-da?tag=headlines;other)

Police work done, Roethlisberger probe goes to DA
April 7, 2010
CBSSports.com wire reports


MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Milledgeville police say they have finished their investigation into a 20-year-old college student's claim that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her.

Chief Woodrow Blue said in a statement Wednesday that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Milledgeville police handed the investigation report and witness statements to local District Attorney Fred Bright on Tuesday evening.

A woman who answered the phone at Bright's office Wednesday said the DA had just received the documents and would not comment before reading them.

Roethlisberger is accused of sexually assaulting the student at a nightclub in Milledgeville on March 5. Roethlisberger has not been charged and his lawyer disputes the accusation.


I'm not sure why, but I got a bad feeling about this.

yeah, I imagine the DA is going to look for every possible way to make a case out of this.

phillyesq
04-07-2010, 02:28 PM
per the AP
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/1317 ... ines;other (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/13171534/police-work-done-roethlisberger-probe-goes-to-da?tag=headlines;other)

Police work done, Roethlisberger probe goes to DA
April 7, 2010
CBSSports.com wire reports


MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Milledgeville police say they have finished their investigation into a 20-year-old college student's claim that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her.

Chief Woodrow Blue said in a statement Wednesday that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Milledgeville police handed the investigation report and witness statements to local District Attorney Fred Bright on Tuesday evening.

A woman who answered the phone at Bright's office Wednesday said the DA had just received the documents and would not comment before reading them.

Roethlisberger is accused of sexually assaulting the student at a nightclub in Milledgeville on March 5. Roethlisberger has not been charged and his lawyer disputes the accusation.


I'm not sure why, but I got a bad feeling about this.

yeah, I imagine the DA is going to look for every possible way to make a case out of this.

This is a tough decision for a DA. On the one hand, this is a chance for a small town DA to make a name for himself. On the other hand, he knows that he will likely be outgunned by Ben's defense team, that he'll likely tie up all the resources of his office on this one case, and that he faces the risk of looking bad in the national spotlight.

I think he really wants to consider whether or not he can/should convict Ben.

snarky
04-07-2010, 02:34 PM
This is a tough decision for a DA. On the one hand, this is a chance for a small town DA to make a name for himself. On the other hand, he knows that he will likely be outgunned by Ben's defense team, that he'll likely tie up all the resources of his office on this one case, and that he faces the risk of looking bad in the national spotlight.

I think he really wants to consider whether or not he can/should convict Ben.

On the flip-side, this being a college town (town of 16,000 with 6,000 students) I would imagine he will be under some pressure from the school to be aggressive.

ANPSTEEL
04-07-2010, 02:39 PM
per the AP
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/1317 ... ines;other (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/13171534/police-work-done-roethlisberger-probe-goes-to-da?tag=headlines;other)

Police work done, Roethlisberger probe goes to DA
April 7, 2010
CBSSports.com wire reports


MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Milledgeville police say they have finished their investigation into a 20-year-old college student's claim that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her.

Chief Woodrow Blue said in a statement Wednesday that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Milledgeville police handed the investigation report and witness statements to local District Attorney Fred Bright on Tuesday evening.

A woman who answered the phone at Bright's office Wednesday said the DA had just received the documents and would not comment before reading them.

Roethlisberger is accused of sexually assaulting the student at a nightclub in Milledgeville on March 5. Roethlisberger has not been charged and his lawyer disputes the accusation.


I'm not sure why, but I got a bad feeling about this.

yeah, I imagine the DA is going to look for every possible way to make a case out of this.

This is a tough decision for a DA. On the one hand, this is a chance for a small town DA to make a name for himself. On the other hand, he knows that he will likely be outgunned by Ben's defense team, that he'll likely tie up all the resources of his office on this one case, and that he faces the risk of looking bad in the national spotlight.

I think he really wants to consider whether or not he can/should convict Ben.

From your perspective, how long would it typically take for this type of case to be ruled on? Meaning- to make a decision as to whether or not to file charges.

SteelBucks
04-07-2010, 02:55 PM
per the AP
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/1317 ... ines;other (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/13171534/police-work-done-roethlisberger-probe-goes-to-da?tag=headlines;other)

Police work done, Roethlisberger probe goes to DA
April 7, 2010
CBSSports.com wire reports


MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Milledgeville police say they have finished their investigation into a 20-year-old college student's claim that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her.

Chief Woodrow Blue said in a statement Wednesday that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Milledgeville police handed the investigation report and witness statements to local District Attorney Fred Bright on Tuesday evening.

A woman who answered the phone at Bright's office Wednesday said the DA had just received the documents and would not comment before reading them.

Roethlisberger is accused of sexually assaulting the student at a nightclub in Milledgeville on March 5. Roethlisberger has not been charged and his lawyer disputes the accusation.


I'm not sure why, but I got a bad feeling about this.

yeah, I imagine the DA is going to look for every possible way to make a case out of this.

This is a tough decision for a DA. On the one hand, this is a chance for a small town DA to make a name for himself. On the other hand, he knows that he will likely be outgunned by Ben's defense team, that he'll likely tie up all the resources of his office on this one case, and that he faces the risk of looking bad in the national spotlight.

I think he really wants to consider whether or not he can/should convict Ben.

From your perspective, how long would it typically take for this type of case to be ruled on? Meaning- to make a decision as to whether or not to file charges.

If the DA has everything that he needs, he could rule within days. On the other hand, he could also launch another investigation to gather more information. Stay tuned....

papillon
04-07-2010, 10:01 PM
Well, evidently the DA has the case. Now, how long will it take for the DA to make a determination about this case?


Ga. police hand investigation into alleged sexual assault by Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger over to D.A.

Police in Milledgeville, Ga., said Wednesday said they had turned their investigative file on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger over to the district attorney, who will consider the "appropriate action" on a sexual assault complaint filed a month ago.

A 20-year-old female college student filed the complaint against Roethlisberger on March 5. The matter has been under investigation by Milledgeville police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. No charges have been filed.


"The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Milledgeville police department have now completed the file regarding the investigation," said Milledgeville police chief Woodrow Blue in a statement.

"On Tuesday evening, April 6th, the report and all witness statements were turned over to District Attorney Fred Bright for review and appropriate action."

Bright is the district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Court in Georgia, which handles prosecution of cases in eight counties, including Baldwin County, in which Milledgeville is located.

"We have received the investigative report and are reviewing it," Bright said in a statement. -- Gary Mihoces


Pappy

BlackJackGold
04-07-2010, 10:33 PM
Seeing that this DA is over 8 counties I wouldn't expect a decision very quickly.

A high profile case like this could change procedure, but technically the DA should be reviewing cases as they come into his office in the order they come in.

I don't think Garland is all he is cracked up to be either.

Ray Lewis made a plea bargain to testify against other members of his posse.

That doesn't take a great lawyer to work out a deal like that.

Jamal Lewis took a bullet on a much less serious charge....

If anything, the state of GA would love to burn Garland's fat grits filled butt in court to get back for his previous client's lack of substantial testimony at trial which made them look like idiots for plea bargaining with ray lewis to begin with.

fezziwig
04-07-2010, 10:37 PM
I wonder how long they will sit on it or will they take quick action ? Is this the norm to hand over something like this to the DA ? The police obviously wanted to do everything in their power to make sure they had something to present. It could also be they had so little evidence they scraped all surfaces so the DA could tell them if they even have or have not a case.
i'm tired of waiting and I would like to see this all come to a favorable end for Ben.

BlackJackGold
04-07-2010, 11:16 PM
Yeah, it is normal for a case to be turned over to the DA.

fordfixer
04-08-2010, 01:24 AM
Roethlisberger case in Georgia DA's hands
State investigators and police complete monthlong probe
Thursday, April 08, 2010
By Dan Majors, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10098/1048718-66.stm

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Ocmulgee Judicial Court District Attorney Frederic D. Bright on Wednesday said he is reviewing the findings of the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but he would not say when he might decide whether charges should be filed.

Mr. Bright can request more information or additional interviews before making his decision and said he would have no further comment at this time.

If Mr. Bright decides to pursue the case, he would take the matter before a grand jury, meaning it could be months before charges, if any, are filed.

Milledgeville police Chief Woodrow W. Blue Jr. and representatives of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation early this week concluded their monthlong investigation into the accusation made by a 20-year-old woman who said Mr. Roethlisberger assaulted her in a nightclub.

Mr. Roethlisberger has denied the allegation through his Atlanta-based attorneys.

The GBI, at the request of Milledgeville police, assigned several agents to assist with the investigation but would not comment on the bureau's findings.

The results of the investigation, which included the collection of evidence, review of videotapes and interviews with numerous witnesses, were forwarded by Chief Blue to Mr. Bright Tuesday evening.

Ed Garland, Mr. Roethlisberger's attorney, said, "Although we have not completely finished our investigation into the matter, we have been providing information to the GBI. It has been a very thorough investigation.

"Our position has been from the very beginning that no crime was committed.

"We hope Mr. Bright will carefully consider the information before him and reach the same conclusion."

A police officer was approached in the early hours of March 5 outside Capital City, a popular dance club in Milledgeville, by a young woman who said she had been assaulted by a man fitting Mr. Roethlisberger's description. Witnesses said the woman, a student at nearby Georgia College & State University, had been in the company of Mr. Roethlisberger, some of her friends and several of his companions, including two off-duty police officers who sometimes serve as the quarterback's bodyguards.

Mr. Roethlisberger, 28, owns a vacation home in Reynolds Plantation, an upscale community about 30 miles from Milledgeville, and had traveled to the tiny college town to celebrate his birthday.

Witnesses said Mr. Roethlisberger and his party visited three bars before going into Capital City, where he and those with him were escorted to a curtained-off VIP section in the back.

Police asked Mr. Roethlisberger about the incident that night and released him. The woman was taken to a nearby medical center, where she was treated and released.

On Monday, Mr. Bright took a 20-minute tour of the nightclub. He was accompanied by Carl Cansino, the attorney for the club's owner. Authorities would not comment on whether the tour was related to the Roethlisberger investigation.

Attorneys for Mr. Roethlisberger and the woman on Wednesday declined to comment on the investigation. Chief Blue said the department would have no further comment.

Mr. Roethlisberger still faces a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a 30-year-old woman in a Lake Tahoe resort hotel in July 2008. Mr. Roethlisberger, through his attorneys, acknowledged having sex with the woman, an employee of the hotel, but said that it was consensual.

That suit, filed last summer, remains in limbo while the Nevada Supreme Court considers a change of venue appeal filed by attorneys for Mr. Roethlisberger and seven employees of Harrah's Lake Tahoe. The defendants want the trial to be conducted in Lake Tahoe, but it was filed and currently is set to be heard in Reno, Nev.

Calvin R.X. Dunlap, the attorney for the woman in Nevada, was in Milledgeville last week, following up on findings by a private investigator he employed to look into the more recent incident. Mr. Dunlap declined to comment on his visit.
Dan Majors: dmajors@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1456.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10098/10 ... z0kU2GPDyZ (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10098/1048718-66.stm#ixzz0kU2GPDyZ)

fordfixer
04-08-2010, 01:27 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 75358.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_675358.html)


"His Atlanta criminal defense attorney, Edward T.M. Garland, told the Trib that his team of private investigators "have completed 98 percent of my investigation and we have provided information to the district attorney, too.

"My position remains the same from Day 1: No crime was committed."

It remains unknown if DA Bright disagrees. Bright represents Baldwin and eight other middle Georgia counties. Bright will decide whether to charge Roethlisberger, drop the matter or hand it off to a grand jury to weigh an indictment.

Bright has yet to ask Baldwin County Clerk of Superior Court Rosemary Fordham Phillips to convene a grand jury, which she could do as soon as the middle of May but more likely in July, a week or so before players report for Steelers' training camp in Latrobe.

"I haven't received an order to convene it," said Phillips. "One just met in March. Right now, it's up to Fred Bright if he's ready or not to go. If he says that he will be ready by the middle of May for it, then we will do it, but if that's too short for him then the next one could be convened in mid-July."

For Roethlisberger, he now has earned as many Super Bowl rings as accusations of sexual assault, the previous one part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by a female casino employee who claims the quarterback raped her in 2008. "