Early Saturday morning this past April 7th, a California Highway Patrolman saw a 2012 Range Rover driving east from San Francisco on the Bay Bridge. The patrolman says that he observed the vehicle driving just over the posted speed limit, and weaving in it’s lane. The officer pulled the vehicle over, as he has done countless times before, and conducted a field chemical test on the driver. The meter read .13 (California’s limit is .08) which means that the driver must be arrested for driving under the influence, and that’s just what the officer did.
The driver in this case, is obviously Darrius Heyward-Bey. These are the facts as the C.H.P. sees them, and what the district attorney has to work with in order to gain a conviction. DHB, though, has money. That means that DHB has expensive lawyers. Those lawyers have the means to hire their own forensic toxicologists. As Heyward-Bey’s lead attorney Ivan Golde said, the toxicologist has found “serious issues” with the case. That is why back on the May 31st arraignment, Golde entered a not guilty plea on DHB’s behalf.
The Oakland Raider’s top receiver in 2011 was in court on Thursday for a pre-trial conference, after which he declined to speak to reporters. His lawyer, though did make a statement hinting at what kind of defense they’re going to employ.
Golde stated “After investigating all the procedures and all the chain of events it appears not everything was done according to the rule of law, and there may be some questions that need to go before a jury.”
In other words, there are plenty of technicalities that can be exposed by which this case may be dismissed, and he’s going to use every single one of them to put a reasonable doubt in the juror’s minds during the July 23rd hearing. Yes, that’s less than a week before the July 28th start of training camp. Don’t expect him to miss any parts of camp due to his case, though. So, despite all of the evidence against Mr. Heyward-Bey, don’t be surprised if you see a “not guilty” verdict from a jury of his peers.