Listen to Ray on 680 The Fan, The Front Row discussing NFL player Adrian Peterson’s criminal case and FSU football player, Jameis Winston’s upcoming hearing.
FSU’s Winston is facing nothing but bad options. FSU, under federal “title 9” requirements must investigate the sexual assault allegation against Winston. The university’s need to hold a student disciplinary court hearing, puts Winston in danger of being suspended by FSU, and opens the door to a Civil Lawsuit and perhaps criminal charges for assault by the alleged victim. University rules prohibit a lawyer from representing Winston’s case, and as he has shown in the past, Winston has the ability to say and do the wrong thing at the worst time.
A parent’s right to discipline his or her child comes into conflict with the criminal laws on assault and child abuse. Does the Texas “Corporal Punishment” Statute permit leaving visible cuts on a child’s buttocks, back and scrotum, or will a Jury consider Peterson’s actions “tough love” and an effort by a loving parent to teach his son “right from wrong”? The doctor who examined the child called the cuts “extensive” and alerted Law Enforcement. The Grand Jury, a sample reflection of the community where the “whopping” took place, called it “negligent or reckless injury to a child”. Peterson denies any intent to harm the child, and it will be up to a Jury to determine if this was an act of loving discipline, or a crime.
Justin Ross Harris has been indicted in Cobb County on 8 counts after he left his son in the car on a hot Atlanta day. Watch what legal expert, Ray Giudice, thinks about the indictment, prosecution team, and the trial ahead.
Prosecutors may face an uphill battle with arrests made as a result of a “roadblock” or police checkpoint”, but only if the defense properly raises and thoroughly presents the right challenge. In order for an arrest made from a roadblock stop to stand up to a challenge in court, the prosecutor must be able to show that the police department that initiated the stop had a roadblock program with an appropriate primary purpose, other than ordinary crime control; subjecting the departmental program to scrutiny, not just the roadblock in question. In addition, the prosecutor must show that the roadblock was properly authorized, planned and staffed.
The decision to implement the roadblock must be made by supervisory personnel rather than the officers in the field; all vehicles must be stopped as opposed to random vehicle stops; the delay to motorists can only be minimal; the roadblock operations must be identified as a police checkpoint; and the “screening” officer’s training and experience must be sufficient to qualify him or her to make an initial determination as to which motorists should be given field tests for DUI.
D.U.I by DOPE? Oh yes. Under Georgia’s DUI law, if you are “impaired” by alcohol, illegal drugs, legal prescriptions, or any combination of the three, to a degree where you are a “less safe driver”, you can be convicted of DUI. Marijuana cases are somewhat harder for Law Enforcement to prove, as the physical manifestations of marijuana, or prescription drugs, are harder for most Cops to detect. But “THC’, the chemical component in marijuana, can stay in the bloodstream for up to 30 days, and a “Chronic” daily smoker can build up a very high level of THC in his blood stream.
As Pittsburgh Steeler running back La’veon Bell, stopped by the police just hours before a game, will soon find out, getting high 2 hours before a traffic stop can lead to criminal charges of DUI, and possibly misdemeanor possession of Marijuana.
Ray was recently on CBS46 to discuss the Atlanta cheating scandal. You can watch his video below, or head over to CBS46.com to read the full article.
Why is his father, Justin Harris, charged with murder? And why haven’t the authorities released the results of their investigations to the public? Watch as Ray Giudice shares his thoughts with CBS 46.
The Ed O’Bannon trial has the potential to dramatically reshape college sports. The case is being heard by U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken, who admits to knowing next to nothing about college sports and the NCAA’s structure or way of doing “ business”. The Judge in her questions, seems to be telling both sides that she views this as a case to be decided under existing Federal Antitrust Laws, the same that would govern any business “cartel”.
The time has come for the Billion Dollar Business known as the NCAA to move past the idea that college sports is just a quaint hobby, something to keep the kids busy and the alumni happy. As the NCAA leadership has consistently shown a reluctance to adopt policies that reflect changes in our culture, and to be honest about the NACC’s primary purpose, which is to generate large sums of money for the Colleges and Universities it represents.