No, we’re not reporting on the O.J. fiasco—we’re just employing OJesque terminology to comment on the most recent developments in the Ruckus at the Meridian.
Having fired his original defense counsel, Penn State defensive lineman Chris Baker hired a new attack dog, Karen Muir, to represent his criminal defense interests. She immediately went on the offense, vowing to find the guy who really did what Chris is accused of doing.
From the Centre Daily Times:
“It’s my position, after sitting through the preliminary hearing, it is a case of mistaken identity,” Muir said. “We, too, want those responsible for the assault in that apartment brought to justice, but it was not Chris Baker. We are conducting an extensive investigation on our own. And if we can shed light on who is involved in this, we absolutely will.”
Centre County Assistant District Attorney Steve Sloane thinks more football player arrests may be forthcoming. You see, his office does investigations, too.
Read the rest of the Centre Daily Times story here.
No matter where these investigations go, we will continually return to the witness credibility issue. Is anyone sober in State College at midnight on a weekend? We’ve already seen one witness, who in his mind identified Chris Baker as a perp, fail to visually identify Baker sitting directly in front of him in the courtroom. In a drunken melee, does anybody stop and look, let alone take notes?
I don’t know what preponderance of evidence the prosecutor is sitting on, but the hearing judge saw enough to let the cases against Scirrotto and Baker go to trial. It seems likely that Scirrotto did call in the cavalry and, perhaps, lead the charge. (After all, what fun would it have been to just call in a strike without being able to at least watch, if not participate?) Yeah, yeah. I know. I can hear the Scirrotto supporters (athletic supporters?) saying, “That’s what friends are for.” Nevertheless, I have to believe that the prosecutor satisfied the judge at the preliminary hearing with something more than circumstantial evidence.
Scirrotto should have let his girlfriend handle it and left it at that. All reports seem to indicate that she can take care of herself in a brawl.