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Old 07-27-2009, 08:39 AM   #1
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Giant awakens in Burress case
Posted by Mike Florio on July 27, 2009 8:29 AM ET
It took nearly eight months, but it finally has happened.

Prosecutors are poised to throw the book at Plaxico Burress.

Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau says that his office wants Burress to spend significant prison time for carrying an unlicensed and loaded firearm in New York City on Thanksgiving weekend, 2008.

The evidence against Burress is fairly clear, given that the gun he allegedly kept in the waistband of his sweatpants blazed a trail through his thigh.

"We've always taken the position that he's going to have to go to jail, whether by trial or by plea," Morgenthau told the New York Post.

Morgenthau also disclosed that plea discussions broke down with prosecutors insisting on a two-year prison stay, and with Burress willing to do only one year behind bars.

That contention is perhaps the biggest surprise, given Giants radio and NFLN play-by-play announcer and Sirius NFL Radio host Bob Papa's report from late May that Burress balked at a two-month term because he's "deathly afraid" of going to jail.

Of course, it's possible that Burress turned up his nose at a relative slap on the wrist earlier in the year, and that Morgenthau only recently has decided to push the case aggressively.

The D.A.'s new stance possibly results from public pressure that mounted after a three-month continuance of the case in June, which created the distinct impression that Burress would be able to play football this year before having to deal with the charges in early 2010. (The Commissioner has since thrown cold water on that possibility, with a suspension likely coming soon.)

In our view, lawyer Benjamin Brafman didn't help matters by calling out Mayor Michael Bloomberg for publicly stating that people who carry guns illegally in New York are destined for the "slammer" while keeping quiet on the Bernie Madoff case.

So with any chance of a favorable plea deal gone, Brafman is preparing for a fight.

"Now that they have drawn a line in the sand, this is going to be a battle," Brafman said, adding that he is "bitterly disappointed" that a plea deal has been rejected and that the case will proceed.

Burress might be more than bitterly disappointed before it's all said and done. If he's convicted, Burress will face a mandatory sentence of 3.5 years
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
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Admittedly, I am not an expert in the law, but help me out here.

Do some of you feel that the Manhattan DA is going after Plaxico this hard because he is a high profile offender?
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:53 AM   #3
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Admittedly, I am not an expert in the law, but help me out here.

Do some of you feel that the Manhattan DA is going after Plaxico this hard because he is a high profile offender?
Nope- I don't think that has anything to do with the DA attacking this matter so aggressively. Burress broke the law, the DA tried to work a deal with him (which was basically a smack on the wrist), Mr. Egomaniac turned his nose up at it and the DA is now going full steam ahead with both barrels blazing.

Personally, I hope the lughead gets the max.
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Nope- I don't think that has anything to do with the DA attacking this matter so aggressively. Burress broke the law, the DA tried to work a deal with him (which was basically a smack on the wrist), Mr. Egomaniac turned his nose up at it and the DA is now going full steam ahead with both barrels blazing.

Personally, I hope the lughead gets the max.
I haven't followed this case that closely. I didn't realize that they had tried to deal with Plex about this.
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Admittedly, I am not an expert in the law, but help me out here.

Do some of you feel that the Manhattan DA is going after Plaxico this hard because he is a high profile offender?
Chances are if this was an everyday Joe carrying the gun, then this case would have already been resolved with said person behind bars serving the required 3 years.

Personally, I feel it was delayed because of his status!
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Chances are if this was an everyday Joe carrying the gun, then this case would have already been resolved with said person behind bars serving the required 3 years.

Personally, I feel it was delayed because of his status!
What he said, and I'll still be surprised if he sees one day behind bars.
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Do some of you feel that the Manhattan DA is going after Plaxico this hard because he is a high profile offender?
No, the DA is going after Plaxico this hard because he already offered a slap-on-the-wrist celebrity plea deal and Plaxico told him to f**k off.

When this first happened, I predicted right away that despite all the tough talk and mandatory minimum sentences, they'd give him some plea bargain where he had to do 30 days in jail and wear an ankle bracelet for a few months, claiming they didn't have the resources to take every case to trial, especially with the budget being the way it is, etc., etc... That's exactly what they did, but, like an idiot, he turned them down. So what other choice does the DA have but to go to a trial? Burress deserves exactly what he's going to get.
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someone has posted the #s on everyday Joe's getting jail time for this in NYC and its low . like 22% go to jail ... I was hopeing and saying he would end up in jail from the start of this and looks like it could still happen .
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Do some of you feel that the Manhattan DA is going after Plaxico this hard because he is a high profile offender?
no its because he's black.... just ask al sharpton..
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no its because he's black.... just ask al sharpton..
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