OCEAN CITY, Md. - A judge, while acknowledging he believed a college football player was "guilty as sin," acquitted him of charges related to a run-in with police after a lawyer argued that a conviction could end the player's career.
Gregory D. Powell, 20, was charged with assaulting police and disorderly conduct after a June disturbance at a motel where police had ordered underage drinkers to pour out their beer. . . .
"Son, you are about to get an early Christmas present, because I know what effect a probation would have," Hayman told the defendant Monday. "And it is a gift, because you are guilty as sin. I'm going to find you not guilty."
Although his "crime" doesn't sound very serious, I have issues with a judge who could say: "[B]ecause you are guilty as sin. . . , I'm going to find you not guilty." Details here from the AP via the Ledger-Enquirer.