The charges that were leveled against former Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell last summer and ultimately led to his dismissal by the Bulldogs were dismissed by the State of Georgia this week.
According to court documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday, the felony charge of possessing a weapon with an altered ID mark and misdemeanor charges of possession and carrying a concealed weapon without a license and carrying a weapon within in a school zone, were dropped by Athens-Clarke County District Attorney Kenneth Mauldin.
In the dismissal document filed by assistant D.A. James Chafin, it was explained to the court while the gun was found under the driver’s seat of Crowell’s car, which belonged to his mother, “the state would be unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this defendant actually possessed the weapon or even knew it was there.”
Some random thoughts:
- This is what sucks about living in a 24-hour news cycle/Internet reaction world, that rush to judgment that feels so good, yet ultimately holds no accountability. There’s no place for nuance, or for letting little things like the judicial system run their course.
- Which is why I can’t blame Mark Richt for the decision to let Crowell go. Standing by the kid would have been an enormous distraction. But I bet Richt gets plenty of mileage out of this going forward dealing with the media and its next rush to judgment.
- Does Georgia get a Fulmer Cup mulligan?
- I figure Jimmy Williamson still counts this as a notch on his gun.
- Remember where this all started: “an officer smelled an odor of marijuana”, although none was found in the car at the time of the arrest.
Bottom line is that there’s a pretty high asshole quotient with this story.