City backtracks from plea deal

What looked like a done deal to drop charges against Rashad Johnson is now not such a done deal. Ian Rapoport reported the city is upset over the defense attorney’s assertions made to the press:

“The Office of the City Attorney feels it is important to clarify misinformation disseminated over the weekend in regard to the arrest of Julian Rashad Johnson on the charge of disorderly conduct.

The city did not initiate any discussion of settlement of the charges against Mr. Johnson.

The Office of the City Attorney has reviewed the reports, statements of witnesses and viewed the video from the security cameras and is prepared to proceed to trial. We expect this case to be set on the Municipal Court docket in the near future.”

The pettiness of lawyers and officials in the justice system is on display here. They aren’t upset the police report apparently was inaccurate. No. They are upset a lawyer leaked the story—that the city’s case was weak. What a joke.

The city attorney should complain to Josh Swords privately, and not play with the life of a young man in such a public way. The city of Tuscaloosa should consider a new city attorney if this is an accurate representation of this guy’s work product.

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