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Attorneys: press conference likely means no charges in Winston case

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Reports surfaced Wednesday evening that the investigation into the complaint of an alleged sexual assault made against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston last December is complete and a press conference would be held this afternoon to reveal the results.

Both the Tallahassee Democrat and Yahoo! Sports spoke to local attorneys ahead of the announcement and, based on their experience, the fact that state’s attorney Willie Meggs, whose office is handling the investigation, has scheduled a press conference appears to indicate that no charges will be filed against Winston.

From Yahoo!:

“It sends a strong signal that Jameis Winston will not be charged and Mr. Meggs will use the press conference to explain the results of the thorough investigation that his office completed over the past few weeks,” Chuck Hobbs, a defense attorney who previously worked for Meggs in the state attorney’s office, told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday evening.

From the Democrat:

“I don’t think they would hold a press conference to announce an arrest,” said Tallahassee defense attorney John Leace, who helped to successfully defend former FSU player Travis Johnson against a rape allegation in 2003.

The Heisman front-runner’s attorney, Tim Jansen, told the Democrat that standard protocol would be for Meggs or his office to contact him prior to charges being filed.  Jansen has not spoken to Meggs or anyone from his office as of late Wednesday night regarding potential charges, but hopes to hear from them prior to the 2 p.m. ET press conference.

Jansen has spoken to FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher and Winston’s parents regarding the development, and will, along with the player, hold a press conference at around 6:30 p.m. ET this evening to discuss Meggs’ announcement.  The top-ranked Seminoles are scheduled to fly to Charlotte at 7:45 this evening ahead of Saturday’s ACC championship game.

“We are glad it is hopefully going to come to a conclusion [today]. We thank Mr. Meggs for conducting a thorough investigation and, whatever his decision, that the public will accept his decision and will move forward either way,” Jansen told the Democrat. “Either we are going to gear up for a trial or the cloud is going to be lifted and people can move on to their everyday lives.”

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30 Responses to “Attorneys: press conference likely means no charges in Winston case”
  1. erockfox says: Dec 5, 2013 9:03 AM

    Looks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were able to dig up their archives quicker than Meggs thought it would take.

  2. hittfamily says: Dec 5, 2013 9:18 AM

    Press conference? Why not do it on Maury? “Jameis…….You are NOT being prosecuted!” Willie Meggs puts his face in his hands and cries, while Jameis dances on stage and high fives audience members.

  3. jhagman99 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:23 AM

    Seems to be unfolding exactly as a lot of the people here said it would. People who actually read the full reports and not just knee-jerk “durr, thay may team’s rival so thay be baddd!!” reactions.

  4. sanduskyshowerspecial says: Dec 5, 2013 9:33 AM

    Willie Meggs is going to do the press conference like national signing day- set of handcuffs on one side and a heisman trophy on the other.

    Jameis, it’s probably not over. Prepare for the shakedown in civil court.

  5. psychologyofsports says: Dec 5, 2013 9:52 AM

    Hopefully no matter which way it goes lessons will be learned

  6. goodellsadouche says: Dec 5, 2013 9:57 AM

    This is surprising coming from the same state that allowed George Zimmerman & Casey Anthony get away with murder.

  7. floridascuba1 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:06 AM


    Go back to your moms basement. Your a freaking mentally challenged person that should be cared for at all times.

  8. stopthemadness101 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:12 AM

    The only civil court action that needs to result from this is the alleged victim getting sued for filing false charges and perjury.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 5, 2013 10:14 AM

    When was the last time you saw a press conference to say we weren’t going to do something…. Willie Meggs is such an attention whore.

    This WHOLE thing has been handled so poorly.

    I hope that he’s innocent, I truly do, but the TPD and Florida SA should seriously be investigated for professional misconduct…

  10. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Dec 5, 2013 10:15 AM


    and maybe a bar review of her Attorney’s conduct…

  11. theflyingtad says: Dec 5, 2013 10:16 AM


    Go back to your moms basement. Your a freaking mentally challenged person that should be cared for at all times.” – floridascuba1

    I am a longtime fan of grammatically incorrect insults of other peoples’ intelligence…

    On to the point of the topic. I think that a press conference to discuss the evidence and why you are not prosecuting is a great idea. Otherwise, you have to deal with more athletes-are-above-the-law criticism.

  12. jimmy53 says: Dec 5, 2013 10:20 AM

    I wonder if any of the talking heads or journalists (some on this site as well–whom I like) are going to come out and apologize for rushing to judgement or dragging 19 year old’s name through the mud just to have eye catching headlines and improve ratings.

    I’ve been shocked at how quickly some people were to assign blame and destroy a 19 year old kid’s good name.

  13. dkhhuey says: Dec 5, 2013 10:20 AM

    Again – I’ll wait for the actual announcement before commenting but once again, regardless of the outcome, the media continues to hold court on another person based BS with little or no facts!

  14. jbaxt says: Dec 5, 2013 11:19 AM

    So was there dna evidence or not? Sorry, I haven’t really followed as the media is looking more for web hits than reporting the truth?

  15. jhagman99 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:27 AM


    Two DNA samples pulled from the underwear, one of which matched Winston’s. Evidence of a sexual encounter, but not rape.

  16. reallythinkhere says: Dec 5, 2013 11:29 AM

    Just because they don’t charge him does not mean he is innocent. It just means there is not enough evidence either way.

    People blaming the victim for making up lies angers me more than anything right now. Just because she can’t prove it wasn’t consensual does not mean she was not raped.

  17. jhagman99 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:31 AM

    Fake outrage duly noted.

  18. goodellsadouche says: Dec 5, 2013 12:02 PM

    floridascuba1 says:
    Dec 5, 2013 10:06 AM

    Go back to your moms basement. Your a freaking mentally challenged person that should be cared for at all times.

    Floridascuba1 I am being “cared” for. By your Mother. I hope your boat sinks with you in it you smelly Florida Cracker

  19. rglisson says: Dec 5, 2013 12:17 PM

    Last time I checked, if an ordinary person was accused and there was DNA , they would come to your house the same day and arrest you. I say let a jury decide, not a bunch of politicians.

  20. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Dec 5, 2013 12:29 PM


    since your only checking with yourself…

    and back when the allegation was made Winston was just an ordinary person. was tied for third on depth chart, hadn’t played…was a nobody at the time

  21. normtide says: Dec 5, 2013 12:41 PM

    I’m just ready for this to be past us.

  22. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 12:42 PM

    @sanduskyshowerguy …

    If no charges are filed, there will be no shakedown in civil court. Once the police have determined no crime occurred, she’s not going to have any grounds for a civil case. And she can’t sue for future earnings.

  23. themagicfanguy says: Dec 5, 2013 12:42 PM

    @goodell “By your Mother” is not a proper sentence. Learn English, then come back with some more childish insults. Grow up.

  24. mkoogs says: Dec 5, 2013 12:47 PM

    Gee, no one has blamed Urban Meyer yet.

  25. rglisson says: Dec 5, 2013 12:49 PM

    @because… So you think if YOU were accused of rape there would be a press conference exonerating you?? Really?? Your ass would be in jail and the next 20 years of your life would be up to a jury.

  26. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Dec 5, 2013 12:53 PM


    no it wouldn’t…dna is proof of intercourse not rape

    a rape claim with no evidence of rape won’t get someone charged

  27. rglisson says: Dec 5, 2013 1:02 PM

    @because… Tell ya what.Lets do a test. Get some of your DNA, put it in a girls panties and have her go tell the cops you raped her and see what happens. Let me know…hahaha

  28. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Dec 5, 2013 1:35 PM

    ESPN breaking news, no charges confirmed. No evidence of a crime….she wasn’t drunk, no narcotics in blood work etc…

  29. kastout11 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:44 PM

    He was the best player in the nation, so I hope het gets enough votes to win the Heisman. So he will win the Heisman in a couple of weeks, then FSU will beat an overrated OSU team for the National Title. I live in upstate NY so obviously I am not a homer, but I hope college football does the right thing and puts the winner of the SEC in the BCS title game. OSU is not one of the top 2 teams in the nation (#4 or 5 at best). I understand that they beat everyone on their schedule, so they should not be penalized due to their competition. Here is an idea, schedule some decent teams on your non-conference schedule. Look at the cupcakes that they played out of conference. They are a joke.

  30. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Dec 5, 2013 1:59 PM

    more than one person’s DNA found in her panties…seems to conflict with her story

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