Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed against QB DeShaun Watson

Phil Plantier

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I think you were pretty spot on in your previous post. These cases are difficult and when you’re not talking a rape or penetrative sexual assault, you start to consider the sentence (which would likely be light in this situation) and the amount of effort it will take to get a conviction (if you even can get a conviction) and do the calculus on whether or not it’s worth it. In my experience, most jurisdictions wouldn’t pick up this case without a law enforcement report and at least some substantiating evidence, due to the delayed reporting and motive to fabricate ($$). Also, as you previously indicated, as reprehensible as Watson’s alleged acts are, it’s not exactly the crime of the century. It would be a huge effort to move this to a trial for what amounts to only months of jail time or maybe just probation.
I'm not a lawyer, but isn't the counter-balance to this that the Harris County DA is
  • A democrat
  • A woman
  • More worried about her left than her right?
In this situation, I can imagine that even fighting in a losing effort might be helpful, politically.
 

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I'm not a lawyer, but isn't the counter-balance to this that the Harris County DA is
  • A democrat
  • A woman
  • More worried about her left than her right?
In this situation, I can imagine that even fighting in a losing effort might be helpful, politically.
There's certainly some motivation for elected officials to grab some headlines. Even if they ultimately don't decide to prosecute, they can have some press events announcing a full investigation into the allegations to show how serious the office views sex offenses.
 

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There's certainly some motivation for elected officials to grab some headlines. Even if they ultimately don't decide to prosecute, they can have some press events announcing a full investigation into the allegations to show how serious the office views sex offenses.
Hard to predict what people might do for politically motivated reasons. I will throw out that bringing a case against Watson would instantly overshadow the rest of the DA's career and the politics might not work out predictably: it's far from clear to me how popular it would be to make a giant deal --which it would be--out of prosecuting a 25 year old black man for essentially a ton of misdemeanors (especially if you lose but even if you win some of the case but Watson gets no prison time).