Ben Roethlisberger was eventually, after an entire press circus, not charged with sexual assault. However, this outcome was inevitable, judging by the reputation and the price tag on his criminal defense attorney Ed Garland, who is a member of the prestigious American Board of Criminal Lawyers. Utah criminal defense attorney Clayton Simms estimates that “Ben (Roethlisberger) probably paid his criminal defense attorney $750,000.00 to $1,000,000 while dishing out another $250,000 on private investigators.” Clayton Simms also stated that, “I’ve had several clients fired as a result of sex abuse charges, and after their charges were dismissed or they were acquitted at jury trial their employment was not reinstated. Simply being charged with a sex offense can be devastating to one’s professional and personal life, and in a world in which information is only a Goggle away it is even more so.” Big Ben is lucky that he could afford a defense team capable and qualified to keep the remaining part his reputation viable for an NFL contract. Ben’s big night out evidential photos were recently released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Nick Gonzales was accused of rape in Australia, but acquitted due the to ability of his lawyer to highlight the importance of a key fact to the jury. The alleged victim was wearing extremely tight skinny jeans during the time of the alleged assault. The jury asked for additional evidence to show that Gonzalez could have removed the jeans without the help and consent of his alleged victim, but it was not enough. Gonzalez walked free due to the fashion choice of the female accuser, similar to the skinny jeans defense used in Seoul, South Korea where a man had his conviction overturned when the skinny jeans defense was brought into play. In Italy this same type of defense has been used before, but most recently the Italian courts upheld a rape conviction in which the victim was wearing the skin tight jeans. This lack of overlap in legal matters shows that sexual assault charges can be determined based on a single detail, which is why having a cunning criminal defense attorney who can show the jury the importance/insignificance of such details is essential to the outcome.
About a week ago in Great Britain an 8-yr-old girl confessed in court to lying about being raped by two 10-yr-old boys. She told one of the defense lawyers that she voluntarily slipped down her pants and undergarments after the two boys exposed themselves. Her motivation was to prohibit any punishment from her mother for being “naughty”. This was an extremely serious lie as 10-yr-olds can be tried as adults in criminal cases in England. The small girl did at one point state, “They said if I didn’t pull down my pants” the boys wouldn’t give her back her scooter. Dealing with children in court is a very difficult business. However only a few lawyers are well equipped to defend children, knowing how to explain things at their level. If you or your child is involved with criminal charges it is very important to hire the most qualified attorney who can keep your child from being treated as an adult. Also important is finding a defense attorney who can spot lies in adolescent accusers/witnesses who may not know the consequences of their lies. (Neilan, AOL News)