I guess you could consider this the fourth time being the charm for one member of the Mississippi State football program.
According to the Starkville Daily News, the judge in the case involving Nick James has agreed “to an order of nolle prosequi.” The website dictionary.law.com describes that turn of a Latin phrase as “an admission that the charges cannot be proved, that evidence has demonstrated either innocence or a fatal flaw in the prosecution’s claim or the district attorney has become convinced the accused is innocent.”
The Daily News notes that the nolle prosequi order was signed by both the city prosecutor and the city’s police chief.
Less than a week ago, James was charged with driving under the influence and disturbing the peace. It was the defensive tackle’s fourth legal run-in in three years as James was arrested previously for driving without insurance in 2013, disorderly conduct and driving with a suspended license in 2014, and public intoxication in February of last year.
What impact if any all of this will have on James’ availability for Saturday’s opener against South Alabama is unknown. The program is aware of the incident, saying in a statement Sunday that the are “currently getting more information on it.”
“Any suspensions, we’ll announce it before the game,” head coach Dan Mullen said Monday.
James started 10 of the 13 games in which he played in 2016. The senior was a starter heading into the 2016 season as well.