Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

Further proof of a special season

Given history, this is kind of amazing.

Latavious Brini is no longer facing a felony charge for forgery.

On Wednesday, Brini’s attorney Mark Wiggins confirmed that the charge was dropped during a preliminary hearing. Brini maintained his innocence by claiming he was a victim of mistaken identity. The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office claimed Brini used a fake $100 to receive $92 in change.

“This was a perfect case of the judicial system; the court, the prosecutor, the police and the defense lawyer, all aggressively seeking the truth,” Wiggins said.

Wiggins said Tuesday that there was no video footage linking Brini to the crime. The only link was a cashier claiming Brini was the perpetrator after he walked into the store eight days after the incident.

The times, they are a-changin’.

If Kirby’s not on the next plane to Vegas, he’s making a mistake.  What a roll he’s on…

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“We’re following our policy without exceptions.”

I confess that I’m likely reading way too much into this comment, but still…

It appeared Patrick was set to play in the Rose Bowl, having been cleared of the marijuana charge in Barrow County, until news came out that a subsequent probation drug test in Athens-Clarke County had turned up positive.

Patrick has a hearing on Jan. 11 to deal with an alleged probation violation, because of the drug test that resulted in Athens-Clarke County resulting from the since-dismissed Barrow County charge.

“The Athens-Clarke County situation is a separate matter, and we’ll address that once it’s resolved,” Smart said on Monday.  [Emphasis added.]

Last time I checked, the CFP title game will be played on January 8th; the Rose Bowl on January 1st.  Counting on my fingers and toes, those appear to be a few days before the ACC situation is resolved.  As a rational human being, is it reasonable to assume Kirby is taking advantage of the calendar and intends to play Patrick in the playoffs?  What about as an irrational Georgia fan?

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UPDATE:  A note from Patrick’s lawyer.

“Required” is a pretty strong verb there.

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Delete your account.

It appears yesterday’s post about Natrez Patrick’s arrest related issues turned out to be a classic case of irrational exuberance.

Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick has a court date for a probation violation in January after an arrest in another county triggered a government drug test that came up positive, Athens-Clarke County solicitor C.R. Chisholm said on Friday.

The test was administered after Patrick, on probation for an October misdemeanor marijuana arrest in Athens, was arrested in Barrow County on Dec. 2 for misdemeanor marijuana possession. That charge was dismissed on Thursday, and Patrick’s lawyer says Patrick passed a UGA-administered drug test within hours of the Dec. 2 arrest.

The Barrow County arrest triggered a probation violation in Athens-Clarke County, and Chisholm said the subsequent drug test was standard in such situations.

Never underestimate the power of Mudcat’s car.  Damn it.

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The Process 1, Michael Adams 0

If Kirby Smart never accomplishes another thing during his time as Georgia’s head coach, he still deserves a commemorative plaque mounted somewhere in Athens for having a hand in this:

There are changes in store to the University of Georgia Athletic Association Substance Abuse Policy.

In a summary obtained by 11Alive, the new policy appears to remove the former stipulation that any arrest regardless of the outcome in court automatically counted as a violation of the Substance Abuse Policy.

According to the 15-page document dated Sept. 1, there are now two levels of violations which now apply to student-athletes attending school at UGA.

They are:

Level 1 — “Defined as possession, use, or facilitating the possession/use of alcohol.”

Level 2 — “Includes, but is not limited to, any violation involving the operation of a motor vehicle after consumption of alcohol and/or the use of drugs, acts of violence while using alcohol or drugs, destruction of property, disorderly conduct, or intoxication level that requires medical treatment or results in medical being called, even if treatment is refused, and any drug violation.”

Any violations of the Level 2 variety are considered violations of the Substance Abuse Policy.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity deferred comment when reached by UGASports until the complete UGA student-athlete handbook could be obtained via open records.

News of the changes came to light following the Dec. 4 arrest of Bulldog linebacker Natrez Patrick and wide receiver Jayson Stanley.

In my wildest dreams, never did I think this was a possibility.  I would love to have heard the Come-to-Jesus meeting somebody had with Morehead about UGA’s substance abuse policy.  (I’d settle for somebody getting a quote from Adams about having one of his perceived major accomplishments watered down, though.  I guess Georgia’s done with lobbying for drug policy at the SEC Spring Meetings.)  There’s nothing like a national semi-final game to make bureaucrats focus.

What’s that?  Oh, hells yeah, they’re playing.

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Bullet dodged.

Well, now, it really is turning into a magical season.

The district attorney’s office in Winder, Georgia, has dismissed criminal charges against Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick, his attorney told ESPN on Thursday. Patrick was one of two Bulldogs players arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges on Dec. 3.

These were some serious charges, too.

Patrick’s attorney, William Healan III of Winder, told ESPN that officers arrested Patrick after discovering a loose leaf of marijuana in the passenger’s seat of Stanley’s car. Healan said the leaf was smaller than a penny.

“When you get into someone’s car, you’re not going to search it to see if there’s marijuana in the car,” Healan said. “My client didn’t know the marijuana was there. If you’re sitting on a little piece of marijuana that you didn’t know was there, you’re not knowingly in possession of it.”

On a scale of withholding your middle name to emerging from an alley, that fits right in.  So while you may think a dismissal under these circumstances is no big deal, remember whom we’re talking about here and how things usually go in our little part of the world.

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UPDATE:  You can’t put a street value on this bust.

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Kirby Smart doesn’t have time for this shit.

Not good:

Georgia freshman defensive back Latavious Brini was arrested Tuesday evening on a first-degree felony forgery charge, according to an Athens-Clarke County jail log.

Brini was booked at 6:16 p.m. and released at 9:23 p.m. He was issued a bond amount of $5,700, with a total of $5,000 listed under the bond remarks section. Arrested by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, this forgery charge is listed as a felony.

He’s a redshirt, so on the field it means nothing as we head towards the Rose Bowl.  But it’s certainly a distraction Smart would prefer not to have on his plate right now.

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UPDATE:  The details aren’t great.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department alleges that Brini and a man named Trevon Shorter used a fake $100 bill to purchase $8 worth of merchandise and received $92 in change on July 14. It wasn’t realized until later that the currency used was fake as the bank the store uses rejected it.

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Mark Richt has lost control of Jimmy Williamson.

This just hit the email boxes at UGA:

FROM:             Ryan Nesbit, Vice President for Finance and Administration

RE:                   Jimmy Williamson, Chief of Police, announces plans to retire on June 30, 2018

Jimmy Williamson, Chief of Police of the University of Georgia Police Department, has announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2018.

Chief Williamson’s career in law enforcement spans over 30 years, starting at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in 1985. Since 1988, he has served with the University of Georgia Police Department, except for a brief departure in 1993 to serve as the Public Safety Director at Middle Georgia College before returning to UGA in 1994 as Captain. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1996 and then to Chief of Police in 2004. Jimmy has worked in many areas of law enforcement, from patrol to investigations. His accomplishments at UGA include creating the department’s bomb squad, which serves the Northeast Georgia area, and the K-9 and motorcycle units. He has managed numerous special events including US Presidential visits, large sporting events, and the 1996 Olympics, where Jimmy served as Assistant Venue Commander in Athens.

At UGA, Chief Williamson leads a diverse, highly educated, and highly trained force of professional peace officers. He has served on the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council and on the advisory boards for the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Regional Academy, the Athens Technical College Criminal Justice Program, and the University of Georgia Criminal Justice Program.

Jimmy worked his way through school as a police officer, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from UGA and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia College and State University. Jimmy is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course.

A national search to identify UGA’s next Chief of Police will begin before the end of this semester.

Please join me in congratulating and thanking Chief Williamson for his extraordinary contributions to the University of Georgia. The entire University community has benefited greatly from his leadership and unmatched devotion to our students, faculty, staff, and the entire University and Athens communities.

I can’t help but wonder what led to the decision.  In any event, scooters, alleys and players with middle names may soon be able to breathe a little easier.

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