Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Brizzi Declined Charges Against Colts Player

Well, this will come as no surprise. Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi declined to press charges against Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster after a hotel worker accused him of sexually assaulting her before the AFC championship game with the Jets this year. Twenty-two year old Lauren Glisson had been asked to deliver a dental kit to Foster in his room at University Place Hotel when the sexual assault allegedly occurred. Indianapolis police declined to investigate the crime, instead referring Glisson to IUPUI police. According to a civil lawsuit Glisson's attorney has filed, she accuses IUPUI police of mishandling her case.

The Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen broke this story. Indianapolis media have been silent on the issue up until now. The Star has a story online today commenting on the Sun-Times' story. It's been long understood that law enforcement in Indianapolis, including the prosecutor's office, goes out of its way to protect the professional sports team players from legal problems. Local law enforcement covered up a prescription drug fraud investigation of Colts owner Jim Irsay several years back. It usually starts with law enforcement claiming there will be no special favors for the player. The player hires high profile lawyer Jim Voyles. Months later when nobody is paying much attention the case will be dismissed or the charges reduced.


Marycatherine Barton said...

Re Ms. Glissen's accusations, has anyone representing the Marion County Prosecutor ever given any reasons for refusing to file any charges against Foster? I certainly hope that the police at IUPUI did not hinder the investigation.

Mann Law, P.C. said...

I have had a Marion County prosecutor tell me one of the prosecutor's associates was instructed to dismiss a gun charge where the Colt player had the gun in pain view on the front seat of his car and no permit. The deputy refused so the supervisor dimissed the case.