Patricia Carroll, the lawyer representing the individual who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault, blasted the investigation in a press conference Friday.
Last week, it was decided Winston would not be charged by the state attorney.
Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune passed along comments from Carroll, who spoke out harshly against the investigation, which she believes was mishandled from the very beginning by the Tallahassee Police Department:
One point of contention from the accuser's lawyer, as passed along by Sean Rossman of the Tallahassee Democrat, was that detectives did not ask for a search warrant on Winston, even after he was named as a suspect:
After the alleged incident, Carroll stated her client had lingering symptoms consistent with what would be expected after the use of a rape drug, according to Jeffrey Burlew of the Tallahassee Democrat:
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman notes that the accuser's attorney claims information provided to the press had been altered by removing important medical details:
Carroll believes one of the biggest flaws with the investigation was that it focused too heavily on her client rather than Winston, per Rossman:
Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports provided further detail about that point of the attorney's argument:
Noah Pransky of WTSP adds that Carroll has asked the state attorney general to open an independent investigation into the handling of the case and the Tallahassee Police Department:
Carroll said Winston's status played a role in how things were done:
Despite her issues with the investigation, Carroll said there isn't any civil litigation on the table at this time, per Rossman:
The accuser's attorney made it clear she was uneasy about how the case was being treated, especially since she wasn't alerted when the case was closed, according to Johnston:
She also believes the state attorney relied too much on eyewitness accounts provided by fellow players:
Whether her message will have a lasting impact is unclear. Eddie Garcia of Fox Sports thinks the lack of organization could overshadow the message the accuser's attorney was trying to get across:
Ultimately, with Winston being cleared by the state attorney and Carroll saying there's no civil litigation at the current time, it's unknown where the process goes from here unless the state attorney general agrees to a review as requested.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!