Looks like FSU Football is not Duke Lacrosse …
Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit will not charge Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the rape of a female FSU student. The prosecutor basically said that there was not enough evidence to pursue the rape charges. However, this case could be brought forward in the future if other evidence arises. Looks like the Seminoles get to keep their QB for the ACC Championship game, get to keep their all but certain Heisman Trophy winner and their spot in the BCS National Championship game. I will ask this one question that I am very suspect of … How did it take a year for this to become an active investigation of an alleged rape that took place on on Dec. 7, 2012? State prosecutor in Tallahassee, Willie Meggs, when he made the announcement this afternoon commented, that the decision was not driven “by any Heisman demands or football schedule.” Hmm. then why say it?
Nearly one year after Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was accused of rape by a female FSU student, the state attorney has decided not to charge the Heisman Trophy favorite.
Thursday’s decision clears the way for him to finish the season with the No. 1 Seminoles.
Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, formally announced the move during a news conference Thursday at the Leon County Courthouse. Winston had faced felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting the woman at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.
“We’ve carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be filed against anyone in this case,” Meggs said.
“We have a duty as prosecutors to determine if each case has a reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Meggs said. “After reviewing the facts in this case, we do not feel that we can reach those burdens.”
While the case could be reopened if new evidence was found, Meggs indicated that “he had no earthly idea what that would be.”
The woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault says she worries her experience and how the case unfolded in the public eye will discourage rape victims from coming forward.
The victim and her family released a brief statement Thursday after State Attorney Willie Meggs told reporters he did not have enough evidence to charge Winston. Meggs says the woman’s memory lapses about the events of last December were problematic.