Jameis Winston's attorney, David Cornwell, has requested that FSU's code of conduct hearing scheduled for the week of November 17 be postponed, according to statements from the accuser's lawyer reported in the Tampa Bay Times.
"Mr. Cornwell obviously doesn't want his client to ever to do this hearing," John Clune, one of the woman's attorneys told the Times.
Given the nature of such university conduct hearings, which place defendants at a significant disadvantage and ignore the Constitutionally-protected due process rights observed by the court system, Clune is surely correct. This is the textbook play by Cornwell, who will most likely do everything possible to avoid having a hearing before Winston declares for the NFL draft and leaves school in January.
If that happens, the case will move to civil court, where Winston's due process rights will be protected.
On the basis of the details of the case themselves, we continue to believe that even if Cornwell's efforts fail and Winston is forced to go through the code of conduct hearing, he is unlikely to be found guilty of violations. Nevertheless, Winston's team is sure to do whatever they can to avoid the kangaroo court environment of a code of conduct hearing.
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