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VikesfaninWis
02-15-2006, 12:09 AM
Plea deal by ex-Viking tossed out




Posted: February 14, 2006

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A plea deal that allowed former Minnesota Viking Ted Brown to avoid trial on sexual misconduct charges was thrown out Tuesday.
The three-judge appeals panel said District Court Judge Michael Jesse was wrong to allow the plea over the objections of a prosecutor. The appeals court sent the case back to Mille Lacs County for further proceedings.

Brown, a running back from 1979-86, entered a plea agreement last summer that allowed him to end the case without a trial but also without admitting guilt. He was charged with sexually assaulting a woman during the Vikings 2003 "Arctic Blast" event at Eddy's Resort on Mille Lacs Lake. In exchange for the plea, Brown was ordered to complete community service and keep a clean record.

The appeals panel, led by retired Judge Gary Crippen, concluded that the prosecutor withdrew the plea deal before its acceptance. The prosecutor said he needed to notify the alleged victim of the proposed plea before formally entering into it. The victim objected to the deal, but Jesse enforced the agreement anyway.


Neither Brown's attorney, Steven Meshbesher, nor Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Kolb immediately returned calls for comment.

Brown was indicted by a grand jury in late 2003 on charges of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors alleged that Brown forced sex on an intoxicated woman.

singersp
02-15-2006, 01:40 PM
From the Pioneer Press;

Posted on Wed, Feb. 15, 2006

Ex-Viking's 'Arctic Blast' agreement voided

Sex misconduct plea faulted upon appeal

Associated Press

A plea deal that let former Minnesota Viking Ted Brown avoid trial on sexual misconduct charges was thrown out Tuesday by the state Court of Appeals.

The three-judge appeals panel said District Judge Michael Jesse was wrong to allow the plea over the objections of a prosecutor. The appeals court sent the case back to Mille Lacs County for further proceedings.

Brown, a running back from 1979 to 1986, entered a plea agreement last summer that allowed him to end the case without a trial but also without admitting guilt. He was charged with sexually assaulting a woman during the Vikings' 2003 Arctic Blast event at Eddy's Resort on Mille Lacs Lake.

In exchange for the plea, Brown was ordered to complete community service and keep a clean record.

The appeals panel, led by retired Judge Gary Crippen, concluded that the prosecutor withdrew the plea deal before its acceptance.

The prosecutor said upfront that he needed to notify the alleged victim of the proposed plea before formally entering into it. The woman objected to the deal, but Jesse enforced the agreement anyway.

Brown was indicted by a grand jury in late 2003 on charges of first-and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Prosecutors alleged that Brown forced sex on an intoxicated woman who was unable to consent.

His attorney, Steven Meshbesher, said his client hasn't settled on his next move. Meshbesher said Brown won't plead guilty. He has the option of appealing Tuesday's decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

"We are going to zealously fight this thing as we have from the beginning because Ted Brown is innocent of any criminal activity," Meshbesher said. "We thought we had it resolved, and now we don't."

Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Kolb didn't immediately return a call for comment.

The incident was one of a couple that tarnished the 2003 Arctic Blast, a snowmobile rally involving Vikings players that doubles as a charity fundraiser.

Another grand jury investigated allegations against other Vikings players involving a different woman who was socializing with them in a motel hot-tub area. There were no charges filed. The woman settled her claims with the team.

agreement voided (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/football/13873064.htm)

singersp
02-15-2006, 01:45 PM
Appeals Court says no deal to Arctic Blast plea bargain

Former Vikings star may have to face charges of criminal sexual assault after all.

Richard Meryhew
Star Tribune
Last update: February 14, 2006 – 11:10 PM

Former Minnesota Vikings running back Ted Brown could still be tried for an alleged sexual assault that occurred during the team's 2003 Arctic Blast fundraiser, under a ruling issued Tuesday by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

In summarizing its decision, a three-judge appeals panel said District Judge Michael Jesse erred last August in accepting a plea agreement involving Brown over the objections of prosecutors and without the consent of the alleged victim.

The case now returns to Mille Lacs County.

Brown, 49, a star player with the Vikings from 1979 to 1986, was charged in late 2003 with first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a February 2003 incident at Eddy's Resort on Lake Mille Lacs. However, just weeks before his trial, attorneys for both sides met with the judge in a closed session to discuss a plea.

Under the proposed deal, Brown would agree to a reduced charge and perform an unspecified amount of community service while being allowed to maintain his innocence. The arrangement, called an Alford plea, essentially allows a defendant to claim innocence while admitting that sufficient evidence exists by which he can be found guilty.

Prosecutors, however, said that the agreement was contingent upon the alleged victim's approval. Although the woman rejected the deal, the district judge enforced it.

Within days, prosecutors challenged the agreement, saying it was accepted over their objections and without the alleged victim's approval.

In its ruling Tuesday, the appeals panel agreed, saying prosecutors representing Mille Lacs County withdrew the plea prior to its acceptance.

Brown has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

However, his attorney, Steven Meshbesher, said in a statement Tuesday that if the case goes to trial, "Mr. Brown and I both remain confident in a favorable outcome."

Special Assistant County Attorney Wade Kish, meanwhile, called the ruling "gratifying."

"Since the indictment came down, it's been our goal to put this in front of a Mille Lacs County jury and let the jury decide," Kish said. "Now, we're closer to that step."

The incident involving Brown is one of two that reportedly occurred at the 2003 Arctic Blast event. A grand jury heard testimony on a second, more highly publicized incident, but criminal charges were never filed.

Brown has admitted having sex with the alleged victim, but Meshbesher has argued that the sex was consensual and that Brown did not force or coerce the woman into having intercourse or cause personal injury.

Appeals Court says no deal (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/247061.html)

NordicNed
02-15-2006, 01:46 PM
I never realized we had so many horney players on Vikings Teams.

I'm starting to wonder, are those really Vikings Horns on our helmets or are they..........

Something to ponder....

Prophet
02-15-2006, 02:05 PM
I heard that the horns are filled with powdered viagra that absorbs through the skull directly into the brain. The Vikings may need to get new uniforms.

singersp
02-15-2006, 03:22 PM
"VikingNed" wrote:

I never realized we had so many horney players on Vikings Teams.

I'm starting to wonder, are those really Vikings Horns on our helmets or are they..........

Something to ponder....

Just about all men are horny!

ultravikingfan
02-15-2006, 06:41 PM
Gee, could have added it to the thread that was already started on this.

Uh oh...somebody made a boo-boo!

I am sure you have a good explanation like always!

http://www.purplepride.org/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=18914

:razz: :wink:

cajunvike
02-15-2006, 06:46 PM
He does...he was horny and disoriented...a constant state for him! :evil4:

Must be the effects of that PSQ Mustache he wears! :lol:

MrGopher16
02-15-2006, 06:49 PM
"Prophet" wrote:

I heard that the horns are filled with powdered viagra that absorbs through the skull directly into the brain. The Vikings may need to get new uniforms.

So that's why that happens when I wear my Viking helmet during games!! It all makes sense now! :lol:

VikesfaninWis
02-15-2006, 07:12 PM
"ultravikingfan" wrote:

Gee, could have added it to the thread that was already started on this.

Uh oh...somebody made a boo-boo!

I am sure you have a good explanation like always!

http://www.purplepride.org/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=18914

:razz: :wink:


Sorry Ultra. I think I was just excited to see that I was able to post an article before Singers.. LOL. Anyway, I apologize, and will be sure to look at where I am posting from now on..

Hey Singers, I have a subscription to Scout(Viking Update) so I guess I will be able to post alot of those articles for everyone here at PPO..

singersp
02-15-2006, 08:25 PM
"VikesfaninWis" wrote:

"ultravikingfan" wrote:

Gee, could have added it to the thread that was already started on this.

Uh oh...somebody made a boo-boo!

I am sure you have a good explanation like always!

http://www.purplepride.org/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=18914

:razz: :wink:


Sorry Ultra. I think I was just excited to see that I was able to post an article before Singers.. LOL. Anyway, I apologize, and will be sure to look at where I am posting from now on..

Hey Singers, I have a subscription to Scout(Viking Update) so I guess I will be able to post alot of those articles for everyone here at PPO..

Vikesfan, You don't need to appologize to Ultra, It was I who posted an new thread after one already existed.

Which is a very rare occassion I must add. :cool:

Consider yourself hired for posting the VU articles.

You can start with the one about Lurtz's take on the coaching staff. :wink:

ultravikingfan
02-15-2006, 10:34 PM
"singersp" wrote:

"VikesfaninWis" wrote:

"ultravikingfan" wrote:

Gee, could have added it to the thread that was already started on this.

Uh oh...somebody made a boo-boo!

I am sure you have a good explanation like always!

http://www.purplepride.org/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=18914

:razz: :wink:


Sorry Ultra. I think I was just excited to see that I was able to post an article before Singers.. LOL. Anyway, I apologize, and will be sure to look at where I am posting from now on..

Hey Singers, I have a subscription to Scout(Viking Update) so I guess I will be able to post alot of those articles for everyone here at PPO..

Vikesfan, You don't need to appologize to Ultra, It was I who posted an new thread after one already existed.

Which is a very rare occassion I must add. :cool:

Consider yourself hired for posting the VU articles.

You can start with the one about Lurtz's take on the coaching staff. :wink:

No, he was apologizing because he originally put this in the "Classified Forum". :grin:

singersp
02-16-2006, 01:45 AM
"ultravikingfan" wrote:

No, he was apologizing because he originally put this in the "Classified Forum". :grin:

LMAO! I did not know that.

DCPologirl
02-16-2006, 10:29 AM
"Prophet" wrote:

I heard that the horns are filled with powdered viagra that absorbs through the skull directly into the brain. The Vikings may need to get new uniforms.

:shock:

GreenBaySlackers
02-16-2006, 01:12 PM
i read the title and thought this was about gatorade...

Prophet
02-16-2006, 08:56 PM
Recapping Arctic Blast
15 February 2006
Author: Greg Treml
Link (http://www.vikings.com/news_detail_OBJECTNAME_RecapArcticBlast21506.html)

On Saturday, February 11, 2006 the 11th annual Minnesota Vikings Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally was held in the Lake Mille Lacs Area. Vikings' owners Zygi and Lenny Wilf, team executives Lester Bagley, Rob Brzezinski, Steve LaCroix, and Steve Poppen along with current players Paul Edinger, Dustin Fox, Mewelde Moore, Richard Owens and Jermaine Wiggins participated in this year's event. Minnesota Vikings alumni including Bud Grant, Carl Lee, Bob Lurtsema, Dave Osborn, Jim Marshall, Darrin Nelson, Gerald Robinson, Curtis Rouse, Doug Sutherland, Mick Tingelhoff, Rickey Young and Paul Krause also attended the festivities.

Viking Children's Fund coordinator Patrick Leopold was pleased with the turnout and weather conditions at this year's event. "This year's weather finally cooperated and we were able to get out on the great trails surrounding Lake Mille Lacs. We were a little worried heading into it because of the lack of snow and warm weather, but during the week leading up to the event a few snowy days added to the accumulation and made the trail rides possible."

"Overall, this was a great year. We had thousands of participants ride on a beautiful fun-filled day. Each of the blast points planned some exciting extra activities to entertain the participants during their stops and the feedback so far has been tremendous."

The full day of activities was capped off by a fireworks display over the lake, a $40,000 prize party and a snowmobile giveaway at the Blue Goose Inn.

For the current roster players involved it was their first experience with the snowmobile rally. Mewelde Moore wasn't able to take part in the ride this year, but said "This weekend was a tremendous experience. The off the field fan support and community involvement for both the organization and the Viking Children's Fund really impresses me. I didn't get a chance to ride this year because of surgery on my wrist, but you can definitely count on me getting out there next year."

Tight end Jermaine Wiggins said, "This is a heck of an event. So many of our fans were involved and it was a great chance to interact with them. Plus it game me the opportunity to cruise around on a snowmobile. How much better can it get?" Vikings Defensive back Dustin Fox can't wait to get back next year saying, "I had a fantastic time. This is my first year attending, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm a lifer. As long as I'm a Viking, I would love to be apart of this event!"

All of the proceeds from Arctic Blast XI go to the Viking Children's Fund to support Upper Midwest Charities. Last year's event, which was hampered by a lack of snow, raised $37,000. This year's amount has not been tallied yet, but Leopold expects it will exceed last year's total.

Since its inception in 1978, the VCF has donated $7.35 million to Upper Midwest charities.