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No Worries Richard Goodman

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 27: Wide receiver Richard Goodman #9 of the Florida State Seminoles warms up before play against the Duke Blue Devils at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2007 in Tallahassee, Florida.  FSU won 25-6. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Yates BoykinCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

Florida State fans, do you remember back in November when three FSU football players (Cameron Wade, Bert Reed and Richard Goodman) were involved in a campus fight? I know, I know, nobody wants to remember that.

On Tuesday night, Richard Goodman, was arrested for this incident. He quickly posted $1000 bail and was released. A new Probable Cause Affidavit was released Wednesday by FSU Police. It was determined that only Reed, Wade and Goodman should face charges from the November campus fight.

This cannot be right. In the report, more people are identified as fighting. Why weren't they charged?

Back to Richard Goodman. He was identified by one witness (yes, one witness) as throwing a chair. This statement by the witness was made in April, almost five months after the incident.

So after five months, this witness suddenly knows who threw this "deadly" weapon? When asked, the FSU police said that this was sufficient evidence to arrest Goodman. According to the new affidavit, more people should be arrested if this "evidence" is sufficient.

Are the FSU police really that injust? Do one of the students have dirt on the football team? I do not think either of these things are true. This whole situation is just confusing.

After gathering opinions and research, I became convinced that this case will be dropped. There is just not enough evidence.

So far, this case has not even been filed yet. In fact, many prosecutors avoid filing this type of case. This is because prosecutors have to sign his or her name to a document that affirms a good faith basis that can prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt. No prosecutor in their right mind would honestly sign that document.

So, Richard Goodman, do not worry. This case should soon be dropped. For now, focus on the upcoming season. Hopefully, this will all be put behind you.

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