Accuser's Attorney Says Jameis Winston's Conduct Hearing Was Fixed

Accuser's Attorney Says Jameis Winston's Conduct Hearing Was Fixed

Lawyer cries foul over star quarterback being cleared by Florida State University.

Published December 24, 2014

The lawyer representing the woman who accused Jameis Winston of sexual assault is calling foul over Florida State University clearing its star quarterback in its student conduct code hearing Sunday.

Attorney Baine Kerr told the Associated Press this week that retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding’s decision to clear Winston was based more on the Seminoles’ huge playoff game against Oregon on New Year’s Day rather than the case's facts. Kerr also stated that the hearing was fixed.

"I don't want to impugn the proceeding as corrupt, but I think it was biased and the fix was in," Kerr said. "It's all about a football game 10 days from today. It turned out to be just a predetermined whitewash to keep a guy playing football."

Kerr is still debating whether or not to appeal Harding’s decision.

"The proper forum to getting to the truth is going to be the court of law, not, essentially, a sham court like this one turned out to be," Kerr added. "It was not an impartial ruling. It was a ruling that went to great lengths and improper lengths to try to find a way to exonerate Winston."

The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner was originally accused of sexual assault in December 2012 before a prosecutor announced a year later that Winston would not be charged in the case. With Florida State also clearing Winston of any possible student conduct code violation, the star quarterback is essentially cleared across the board. 

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