The Campaign For DA

8.21.2015

I'll Be In The Storm Cellar For A Bit



This is kind of a big story this afternoon in the sports world.  I'm OK. Really. I'm fine.


And get ready for the Art Briles sound bite of "Let's talk about football" from this morning. That will not play well.

Random thought: I'm in the criminal law business. The power of a verdict has consequences for many, many people other than those involved in the trial. A guilty verdict is considered as conclusive proof of guilt. A not guilty verdict is interpreted as a conclusive finding of innocence. Both propositions are incorrect. Baylor and Briles are now in the media's cross-hairs. A guilty verdict yesterday prompted this. A not guilty verdict yesterday would have brought news today of how an innocent man was wrongfully accused and Baylor supported him through it all. This isn't to diminish the crime if one was committed, and I'm not saying this jury was wrong. I am only saying a jury's decision changes everything.

I tell every jury panel: "There are no second chances. There are no do overs. You cannot afford to be wrong."

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

You lost me, Counselor. Is a "do over" different than a "second chance?" Or did you omit the word "no?"

Anonymous said...

So what you'er saying is....

Anonymous said...

Yeah, they totally knew about it. Briles is as dirty as any former Miami or Oklahoma coach ever was.

Anonymous said...

So what do you really tell a jury?

Anonymous said...

Like I said...this has been common knowledge for a while. Disappointing

Anonymous said...

So, Petersen said he informed Briles and Briles is saying he didn't. The fact that the player was being kicked out of school and off the team at Boise State, certainly is evidence that something was not right.

Anonymous said...

Peterson threw Briles under the bus. Was Art really so stupid to think that he could bluff his way through and plead ignorance? May be a good tactician on the field, but off the field he is a dope. Pride goeth before a fall.

DF Abner McCall

Anonymous said...

I get blindly defending your alma mater. That doesn't make you all that unique. What I don't get is why you're so bumfuzzled about other people being pissed about this. If half of what I've read today is even remotely true, I don't see how Briles and the university staff member charged with investigating the incident walk away without a stiff admonishment at the least. This is right up there with what got Penn State in the doghouse in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

A Baptist tell a bald faced lie? I'm shocked! SHOCKED I am!

DF Captain Louis Renault

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked too!

DF Dave Bliss

Anonymous said...

Barry are you really this dumb?

"the crime if one was committed"? can you spell verdict?

As if often the case.....

The act itself is horrible "one of our bears raped a coed"

But the coverup and the lies will bring Art Bryles down, he is dirty

Anonymous said...

I tell every jury panel: "There are no second chances. There are no do overs. You cannot afford to be wrong."

Of course you do - it's your job. You get paid to pull out all the stops and introduce whatever smidgen of doubt that a weak-minded juror might need to acquit your client. As such, it's not necessarily dishonorable, but let's not put on a charade that it's noble, either.

Anonymous said...

8:20AM Standing ovation buddy

Dave Bliss basket ball murder cover up

Briles, good ole boy Texas high school coach complete disregard for character and the threat his players pose to the Baylor female student population.

Sounds like death penalty to me?

All SMU did was buy victories. Baylor will assault, rape and kill for athletic greatness.

It will never happen, right?

Anonymous said...

Were negroes involved?

Anonymous said...

Barry, you make it sound like the jury might be wrong here. But there is too much past history to doubt the girl's story. You too are blinded by the possibility that the rapist would make the football team great, and possibly compete for a national championship. Sickening.