Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

Jimmy Williamson’s sensitive side

Seth Emerson takes a rather thorough look at how the driving without a license criminal statute is enforced in this state here.  It’s a good read that backs up my initial driving-Mudcat’s-car take, but there is one side point I find to be of particular interest.

Yes, Briscoe was also charged with not wearing a seat belt. But that’s usually just a ticket. It was the lack of a driver’s license that sent Briscoe to jail, and re-ignited the question: Is that really necessary?

The UGA police appeared sensitive to the question. Attached to the Briscoe arrest report was an official opinion from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office – in 2008 – that anybody found driving without a valid license should be fingerprinted.  [Emphasis added.]

When’s the last time you saw “The UGA police appeared sensitive to the question in a story about a Georgia student-athlete?  Hell, when’s the first time you saw “The UGA police appeared sensitive to the question in such a story?

You may not think this means all that much, but the idea that the UGA police felt the need to explain their behavior in a proactive manner is an alien concept to me.  Baby steps, sure, but maybe Kirby has gotten through with his peace offering a little more than we gave him credit for doing.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

Not a good look for you, Baylor.

We’re at a point now where you cringe just seeing a header with Baylor’s name in it.

Shawn Oakman was arrested on sexual assault charges earlier this month, but a Waco Police Department report obtained by’s Alex Dunlap uncovered another disturbing alleged incident involving the former Baylor defensive lineman…

Dunlap added that Baylor knew of the report but didn’t discipline Oakman, who played his first of three seasons for the Bears later that fall…

If Baylor indeed knew of the 2013 police report involving Oakman and did nothing about it, it would fit with the alarming reports that the university consistently ignored serious allegations involving violence against women.

That would be the least of it.  Unless you’re Earl Ehrhart, in which case you see a much… um, different problem.


Filed under Big 12 Football, Crime and Punishment

Forget it, Dawgnation. It’s Athens.

Alright, ‘fess up.  Who gave Juwuan Briscoe the keys to Mudcat’s car?

Georgia cornerback Juwuan Briscoe was arrested Saturday night on two traffic-related misdemeanors.

The sophomore was charged with failing to wear a seat belt and not having a license, according to the Clarke County Jail online booking report.  The arresting agency was the University of Georgia police.

Briscoe was booked into jail at 9:07 p.m. and released  at 10:11 pm. Each charge had a $500 bond.

Obviously the reach out to Jimmy Williamson’s been a smashing success.

The saddest part of this is that I find I can no longer work up a sense of outrage over it.  And believe me, I tried.


UPDATE:  Make what you will of this.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

Huntley Johnson can’t save your ass now.

Once you’re an ex-Gator, dealing with the criminal justice system isn’t such a breeze.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Gators, Gators...

A Knoxville tradition unlike any other

Okay, this sounds familiar.

University of Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams didn’t learn from police they were under investigation for rape the way most suspects do.

Instead, the players first heard the news from their Tennessee football coaches — in Johnson’s case, four hours before police showed up at the scene of the alleged crime to question him, according to sources and cell phone records obtained by The Tennessean.

Contrary to police best practices, potentially threatening the integrity of the investigation and in possible violation of state law, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch and a detective made “professional courtesy” calls to Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones about the investigation — a practice Rausch says is common when police investigate alleged crimes involving an athlete at Tennessee.

I mean, just ask Chief Rausch.

Rausch has said that alerting the coach and staff when police are investigating an alleged crime against a UT athlete is a long-standing practice and a “professional courtesy.”

We can all appreciate a professional police department, but here’s where things potentially get weird, at least for Knoxville, Tennessee.

The calls may also have violated state law, according to a statement issued by the Knox County district attorney in response to an inquiry by The Tennessean.

“We cannot discuss the investigation of this case while the litigation is pending,” said Assistant District Attorney Sean McDermott.

“In any case, however, (Knox County District Attorney) General (Charme) Allen opposes pre-arrest notification to any person or agency that is not made in furtherance of the investigation,” the statement said. “A pre-arrest disclosure of sensitive information that is not made for the purpose of advancing the criminal investigation potentially could violate state law regarding the misuse of official information.”

Phil Fulmer ain’t buying that potential crap, fellas.  The police have their job to do in K-town.  They know it.  Booch knows it, too, even if he’s full of it on no discussion with his players.  You can’t spell courtesy without UT.



Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Crime and Punishment

“Baylor University was contacted.”

I’m beginning to believe that Baylor University exists to make Florida State look good in comparison.


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The smoking toilet

Here’s the key thing that let campus police crack the BB gun case (BB Gungate?) wide open:

Police were called after a repair person went into the dorm to look into a leaking toilet from a room upstairs and saw the BB gun, Stephens said.

According to the University of Georgia Police Daily Log, at 3:11 p.m. last Thursday UGA “officers responded to a complaint from Housing staff of an air/BB pistol in a room and multiple surfaces apparently damaged by BB’s, BB gun and drug related objects located during subsequent investigation.”

They were gonna put the BB gun away, but then they got high.

I hope for his sake that the name of our mystery maintenance person never gets out.  He could be the most unpopular person on campus since this guy.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football