Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Winston lawyer wants decision soon
By David M. Hale
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The lawyer for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston met with the state attorney Wednesday, hoping to expedite the two-week timetable for a decision on whether charges would come from an investigation into accusations that the Heisman Trophy candidate sexually assaulted a woman.
Attorney Tim Jansen said he was alarmed by the expected delay by Willie Meggs' office and the impact the ongoing probe could have on Winston's Heisman candidacy and the unbeaten Seminoles' quest for a berth in the BCS title game.
"We expressed our concerns that the delay would affect Mr. Winston's reputation, voters in the Heisman and Florida State's ability to go to the national championship game," Jansen said Wednesday. "We're hoping this cloud can be lifted sooner rather than later."
Meggs' office said Tuesday that it would be at least two weeks before it decides whether to bring charges, which would put any potential finality to the investigation beyond the deadline for voters for both the Heisman and final BCS polls.
The deadline to vote for the Heisman is Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. ET, the day after the BCS bowl matchups are finalized. The Heisman will be awarded Dec. 14 (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET).
Jansen wouldn't discuss details of his meeting with Meggs, but he said he believed there was a possibility Meggs' office could make a decision ahead of the timetable it issued.
"I think everybody wants to get this resolved. Fans, law enforcement, Mr. Meggs. Everybody wants to get this resolved and make a decision and go from there," Jansen said.
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