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Pierce, Plax fate to be announced at 1:30

 

The waiting is almost over for Antonio Pierce and Plaxico Burress.

 

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morganthau has announced a 1:30 press conference in Manhattan where he is expected to announce the results of the grand jury that has been investigating the Burress shooting from last Nov. 29. Of course, those results will include decisions to indict or to not indict Burress, the ex-Giants receiver, and Pierce, the current Giants linebacker.

 

Both men are facing possible charges of possession of a loaded and unlicensed firearm - - a charge that carries a mandatory minimum of 3 1/2 years in prison and a maximum of 15 years.

 

It’s unclear if the grand jury has been considering any other chargers. As the Daily News reported earlier today, Giants director of player development Charles Way, VP of medical services Ronnie Barnes, and special assistant to the coaching staff Jessie Armstead have also testified in front of the grand jury.

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2009/08/pierce-plax-fate-to-be-announc.html

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No grand jury indictment for Pierce

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NEW YORK -- New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce was not indicted Monday by the grand jury investigating a gun charge against former teammate Plaxico Burress, Pierce's lawer Michael Bachner told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

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NY Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce avoids indictment on gun charges

 

by Mike Garafolo/The Star-Ledger

Monday August 03, 2009, 1:23 PM

 

It's back to football for Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, as a grand jury has refused to indict him on gun-possession charges.

 

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Antonio Pierce is in the clear.

 

A grand jury has returned a "no bill" on gun-possession charges for the Giants linebacker.

 

Former teammate Plaxico Burress, meanwhile, was indicted on two charges of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment from his self-shooting last November, according to a news release from Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.

 

The criminal possessions charges are considered Class C felonies and, if Burress is convicted, carry a maximum of a 15-year prison sentence. The reckless endangerment charge is a Class A misdemeanor.

 

The grand jury did not issue any indictment against Pierce, Morgenthau announced.

 

The news lifts one of the biggest question marks hanging over Giants camp: Will the team's starting middle linebacker have his season jeopardized by an indictment in connection to former teammate Plaxico Burress' self-shooting?

 

The Giants had been hoping to avoid the distraction that a carryover from last year's season-defining incident would cause in training camp -- and possibly beyond -- this season.

 

Just last week, Giants President and COO John Mara issued a statement saying any charges levied against Pierce would be "unwarranted."

 

Pierce did not talk to the media on Sunday, when players reported to camp at University of Albany. Coach Tom Coughlin, speaking for the linebacker, said on Sunday, "I can use his words: He couldn't wait to get here and get started with this season. And I think that's how we all feel."

 

Coughlin had expressed his desire Sunday for the issue to be resolved and his hope that the Giants would be able to move forward, a process that began when the team released Burress in April.

 

"Hopefully, this will be resolved in a manner that's very positive for our team," said Coughlin, who later added: "We deal with issues as we have to deal with them. This team has done that before and will continue to do so."

 

Now it appears the self-shooting that marred the Giants' season in 2008 is finally in the past.

 

Pierce testified before a grand jury in Manhattan criminal court on Thursday and Friday of last week about his role in the incident that occurred last November. Though Pierce did not speak with the media, his lawyer, Michael Bachner, said he believed Pierce would not face charges based on the testimony.

 

"And we are extremely confident that they are going to come down with the conclusion that we've been saying for many, many months -- that Mr. Pierce acted responsibly, intelligently and as any responsible citizen would have acted under similar circumstances," Bachner said on the steps of Manhattan criminal court on Friday. "And we're confident that there will be a no bill (no indictment) and we hope the grand jury will reach the same conclusion."

 

It had been assumed that in the early morning hours of Nov. 20, 2008, Pierce transported Burress' gun across the New York state line back to Burress' house in Totowa. Published reports indicated a nightclub security guard placed the gun in the glove compartment of Pierce's car. In New York, that constitutes possession of what was an unlicensed gun, though Pierce's lawyer has maintained his client assumed the gun was legally registered.

 

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2009/08/ny_giants_linebacker_avoids_in.html

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????????

 

 

 

pierce was not indicted, plax was. plax will have to turn himself in at some point and will likely be out on bail awaiting trial.

 

 

pierce will be practicing with the giants.

nevermind...I read it wrong...my bad

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????????

 

 

 

pierce was not indicted, plax was. plax will have to turn himself in at some point and will likely be out on bail awaiting trial.

 

 

pierce will be practicing with the giants.

 

Do both the gun charges carry a 15 year sentence each?

 

Besides that, you can pretty much be assured that Plax is pleading guilty and spending some time in jail.

 

Kind of sad though, considering Stallworth is out of jail right now and he actually did kill someone, not just recklessly endanger them.

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Pierce cleared by NFL too. He will not face a suspension for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy.

 

 

from ralph vacchiano's twitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But given the grand jury's decision not to bring charges against Pierce, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said there "was no basis for a suspension" of the Giants defensive leader.

 

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2009/08/ny_giants_linebacker_antonio_p_3.html

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Giants glad "draining" experience is over

 

It’s been a long and unpleasant road for the Giants and Antonio Pierce to get from last Nov. 29 to today’s good news (at least for Pierce), and to no one’s surprise the Giants organization is thrilled to finally have the whole mess behind them.

 

“We certainly agree with the grand jury’s decision,” Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement released by the team. “We said last week we felt strongly that Antonio’s actions did not warrant criminal charges, and obviously the grand jury, having heard all of the testimony, felt the same way.”

 

Added co-owner Steve Tisch: “This was an extremely serious matter that Antonio and our organization responded to in an appropriate way. Needless to say, we are happy with the decision announced today by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.”

 

Pierce’s reaction was not immediately available. According to a team spokesman, the linebacker is expected to speak to the media tomorrow. No doubt he’s relieved that his involvement in the Plaxico Burress incident is over so he can focus on nothing but football for the rest of the year.

 

“Antonio is a leader on this team, but he is still human, and this has been an emotionally draining experience for him,” said Giants GM Jerry Reese. “We know he was happy to get to training camp yesterday, and with this behind him, he can focus all his energy and efforts on football. He took this matter very seriously.”

 

Added Tom Coughlin: “As I said yesterday, we are anxious to start the new season, nobody more than Antonio. Today’s decision allows him and this team to move forward and focus on our preparation for the season.”

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2009/08/giants-glad-draining-experienc.html

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Do both the gun charges carry a 15 year sentence each?

 

Besides that, you can pretty much be assured that Plax is pleading guilty and spending some time in jail.

 

Kind of sad though, considering Stallworth is out of jail right now and he actually did kill someone, not just recklessly endanger them.

 

That' because there was a gun involved with Plax, and Stallworth's was alcohol. I don't agree with it, "because I was drunk" was a never a good enough excuse to me. It's completely acceptable and sometimes "cool" to be in alcohol realted accidents, but because of the anti-gun movement and their propaganda, gun accidents are just about the worst "crimes" you can commit.

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That' because there was a gun involved with Plax, and Stallworth's was alcohol. I don't agree with it, "because I was drunk" was a never a good enough excuse to me. It's completely acceptable and sometimes "cool" to be in alcohol realted accidents, but because of the anti-gun movement and their propaganda, gun accidents are just about the worst "crimes" you can commit.

 

That's complete bullshit. Yah, it was a dangerous thing to do, yah, Plax could have very easily shot someone else on accident...but to be drunk as fuck, and know it, and still drive and actually kill someone, you should be in jail for 25 years.

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That's complete bullshit. Yah, it was a dangerous thing to do, yah, Plax could have very easily shot someone else on accident...but to be drunk as fuck, and know it, and still drive and actually kill someone, you should be in jail for 25 years.

 

I agree with you, I think it's absolute bullshit. A life was taken, there should be a much bigger punishment for that, than shooting yourself in the leg.

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