Monday, August 9, 2010

Brizzi Immediately Drops Charge Against Colts Lineman

The Indianapolis Star reports on the public intoxication arrest of Colts reserve defensive lineman John Gill near Brad's Gold Club:

Gill was found passed out in a ditch in the 3600 block of Lafayette Road at about 4 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report. An officer had been sent to check on a man said to be on the ground in front of a car. Gill reportedly had trouble standing, smelled of alcohol and spoke with a slur, the report said.
It took the Prosecutor's Office until Sunday afternoon to drop the charges against Gill. How many other defendants get their charges dropped over the weekend, on a Sunday no less?

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office is notorious among defense attorneys for refusing to dismiss charges long after prosecutors know the charges have no merit. I have written about my mentally disabled client Brizzi's office left in jail for four months for robbery even though we had video of him across town when the crime was committed. I suspect that the video store office manager had accused the mentally disabled man of robbery (which supposedly took place behind a dumpster where there was conveniently no cameras) to cover the fact that she took off with the store's money. The man had regularly visited the store and she certainly knew he was. Although she unquestionably perjured herself during the hearing, the Prosecutor's Office not only didn't prosecute her, the deputy prosecutor acted as her advocate to try to protect from further committing perjury.

The news media needs to look more into why the charges were so suddenly dropped against Gill when the evidence would appear to be overwhelming that he was guilty of public intoxication. I'm not a big fan of the P.I. charge, but if Colts players are getting special consideration (like dismissal of their charges on Sunday) then that would be further grounds for concern about favoritism in Brizzi's office.



So Paul?

If I passed out in front of my car in public and smelled like alcohol and was hauled in for public intox on a Saturday night, I would have to wait until Monday to get out of jail, right? I would not be allowed out of jail on a Sunday, would I?

Marycatherine Barton said...

I am really sorry to hear about the ordeal your client went through, Paul. Nothing surprises me about the behavior of law enforcement personnel in Marion County.

Paul K. Ogden said...


If you played for the Colts they'd go in on Sunday and dismiss your case.