Thursday, April 20, 2006

Williams 2, Prosecution 1

Another chapter in Das Booty is closed (from the PiPress):
Jurors found former Minnesota Vikings player Moe Williams guilty today of disorderly conduct, but acquitted him of two indecency charges related to a bawdy team party on Lake Minnetonka last fall.

A Hennepin County judge sentenced Williams to 10 days in jail and ordered him to pay a $500 fine. But the jail term and $200 of the fine will be stayed for a year, provided Williams stays out of trouble.

The judge ordered Williams to perform 30 hours of community service during the next six months with agencies that serve women and children.
I can't help but think Williams was made some sort of scapegoat. I am not defending his actions, I just don't think it amounts to being criminal, at least when compared to the behavior of others. The difference was defined as a public -vs- private issue. But there are reports that others engaged in similar, if not more egregious, public interactions:
defense attorneys Earl Gray, for Culpepper, and Joe Friedberg, for Williams, alleged that Hennepin County sheriff's investigators have evidence that the captain of one boat kissed a woman's exposed nipple while he was at the wheel. The papers allege this happened immediately after the manager of a strip club paid the woman and also touched her with his mouth.
Yeah, the race card is in play, but I even wondered why others were not charged.

I'm sure we haven't seen the end of this mess, but another chapter is closed.


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