After final arguments were made Thursday morning, the fate of Moe Williams' reputation laid in the hands of a jury.
The six-member jury came back with a verdict many had predicted -- not guilty on the two most serious charges of lewd and lascivious behavior as well as indecent conduct.
He was found guilty of the lesser charge of disorderly conduct and fined $300 and assigned 30 hours of community service.
Williams was charged as a result of an incident on the Lake Minnetonka boat cruise that has garnered considerable national attention. Williams received a lap dance from one of the strippers hired for the party, but, the prosecution case was strong enough to get a conviction on the disorderly conduct charge -- which covers everything from shoving matches outside a bar to a fan running out on the field during a football game.
Williams, whose attorney announced his retirement during the trial, didn't take the stand in his own defense and felt vindicated that the serious charges were returned with not-guilty verdicts. He also continued his line of questioning as to whether race played a part in the prosecution.
Williams, who admitted getting a lap dance, was charged, but the boat's captain, who witnesses saw engaged in a sex act with one of the dancers, was not brought up on charges. The captain is white.
Williams is the second Vikings player involved in the scandal to have their cases completed. Earlier this month, charges were dropped against former Viking Daunte Culpepper. But, this isn't the end of the story.
Trials are still awaiting for current Vikings Fred Smoot and Bryant McKinnie, who are both charged with considerably more graphic sexual activities on the boat. The prosecutor remains convinced he can get convictions in those cases, but, as of this point, has failed to achieve much of anything in the legal sense with Culpepper and Williams.
Williams Verdict Comes In
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