- Why did it take more than two months to charge Irsay?
- What happened to the drug charges? Did Irsay have prescriptions for the drugs?
- Did the prosecutor hold off charging Irsay after the team owner helped the city make a bid last week to host the 2018 Super Bowl?
- And why were charges filed in the minutes before the courts closed for the long Memorial Day/Indianapolis 500 weekend?
Leerkamp, herself, faced criticism for her handling of high-profile cases. In two cases separated by years involving serious allegations that members of Carmel High School's swim teams and basketball teams had raped anally younger teammates in some twisted hazing ritual, she concluded felony charges weren't warranted. Incredibly, in another case where a minor was served alcohol at the home of a physician and later drove his car into a retention pond and drowned, she claimed there were no laws that would allow her to bring charges against adults who serve alcohol to a minor at a private party. Leerkamp also dropped hit-and-run charges against Nancy Irsay, Jim Irsay's step-mother, who also escaped drunk driving charges in Marion County following her arrest after she was stopped by Indianapolis police for driving 70 mph in a 30 mph zone and then refused to submit to a blood alcohol test administered by police.
Evans' story includes interviews with several legal ethics experts, who agree that Buckingham has no obligation to explain to the public why he chose not to bring more serious, felony charges in Irsay's case. "Charles Geyh, a professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, said that although he didn't see an ethical mandate, 'as a practical matter, this is someone who runs for office, and the electorate might think differently about explaining himself.'" Retired law professor William Hodes suggested that police may have deliberately over-charged Irsay. "What if the police on the scene were out of line and charging everything because it's fun to catch Jimmy Irsay?" Hodes asked. The Carmel Police Department declined to comment on the prosecutor's decision.