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After reportedly crashing into another car at 156 MPH while driving under the influence, resulting in the death of a young woman back in November, lawyers representing former Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III are trying to exclude an intoxicated blood sample. According to the Associated Press, Ruggs' lawyers argue that police "lacked basis" for obtaining a warrant to gather the WR's blood without his consent...
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“True probable cause did not exist,” his attorneys said via ESPN.com. “The mere fact of Mr. Ruggs’s involvement in a fatal vehicle collision does not, in itself, give rise to probable cause to believe he was driving under the influence of alcohol.”
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BeachDude02225 months
Grasping for straws here.
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Dcurry8025 months
And that’s why Lawyers should all die in a fire.
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atltiger648725 months
I'm a law-and-order guy, but defense attorneys (many of whom seem sleezy) do perform an important overall function for the system -- they make the gov't prove its case. If they didn't exist, anyone could get railroaded. But please note, I think far too many defense attorney lie and throw garbage against the wall, hoping anything will stick. But they are necessary for the system to work.
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PeleofAnalytics25 months
So do you want a garbage man to defend you if you get hit with some BS charge from a dirty cop?
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LSU$$$25 months
I know everyone want to jump up and down and scream "Just look what he did!!" Isn't that probable cause enough, but it's an attorney's job to poke every conceivable hole in the DA's case. He's just representing his client.
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atltiger648725 months
Ruggs identifed as sober
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tigerbait1.625 months
so what your saying is him being absolutely blitzed had nothing to do with the crash? Jesus Christ thats bad
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VoxDawg25 months
What a piece of shite.
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barbapapa25 months
dirtbag attorneys
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Cajunboy4625 months
Screw all of that!!! How about be a freaking MAN and admit what you did was wrong! Take your punishment and ask GOD for forgiveness.
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rbtgoodson25 months
Honestly, unless a blood sample being taken is standard practice in instances such as this, he has a pretty decent argument.
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Stew258125 months
In the state of Louisiana it is standard procedure and mandatory by the at fault driver to take a blood sample in the event of a fatal crash. If they refuse they are detained and a warrant is issued for said sample. Usually the warrant is granted within 30 minutes or so with new courtroom software.
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MMauler25 months
DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. NEXT!
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LSUtoBOOT25 months
Maybe they can argue he was just a passenger in the car, or not in it at all.
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gamecockman1225 months
I know its a lawyers job to defend their client, but damn I don't know if I could do that from a morality standpoint .
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PeleofAnalytics25 months
I am not sure what the laws are in Nevada but you can get disbarred for incompetency in your profession and I suppose not trying to get it thrown out could be considered incompetence (maybe). You can choose not to take a scumbag clients but it is almost impossible to build a practice if you don't take difficult cases (people who you think are guilty as sin). If you do want to actually get innocent people off that are in terrible situations, you probably have to take some scumbag clients to build a practice where you have the opportunity to defend innocent people in those situations. I don't envy defense attorneys but having them do stuff like this may be a necessary evil to protect people from a justice system that screws stuff up all the time.
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jbird725 months
I’ve always thought the same thing. But lawyers like this only care about money, they have no morals. In college my professor brought in Jose Baez, the lawyer who defended Casey Anthony, to speak to us. The mindset of that guy was pretty sick. This was all 2 months after he got her off.
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kywildcatfanone25 months
I would assume that is SOP for a lawyer, but he's a true POS who deserves swift justice for his actions.
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redfish9925 months
A true pos
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biclops25 months
"Was there any evidence that warranted further investigation into Mr. Ruggs BAC?" "I figured the dead body and the fact he was driving 156 mph were enough, but I'm sure there was more"
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grizzlylongcut25 months
I love that attorneys will say the most outlandish shite to get their clients off.
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Kracka25 months
isn't that their job? otherwise, what's their use?
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CanebreakCajun25 months
What are we supposed to do? Roll over?
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udtiger25 months
The lawyer would likely be disbarred if he didn't try this.
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Ponchy Tiger25 months
Why? On what basis is he saying there was no basis to test his blood alcohol level? Is he just throwing shite on the wall?
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JakeFromStateFarm25 months
There’s no judge on earth that would be stupid enough to consider this.
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Will Cover25 months
Judge Trudy White says hello.
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MMauler25 months
Have you ever followed just about ANY of the Orleans Parish Criminal Judges?
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SECdragonmaster25 months
Bammer gonna bammer.
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SoFla Tideroller25 months
Lawyers gonna lawyer, simpleton
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PeleofAnalytics25 months
What is Brad Lester up to these days? Makin any more amateur video to make auburn proud?
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FowlGuy25 months
Clown world
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