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Rees pleads not guilty; Calabrese sends lawyer
SOUTH BEND — In less time than it takes to run a play from scrimmage, Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees appeared briefly in court Thursday morning to enter a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of re-sisting law enforcement, bat-tery and minor consumption.
Rees, dressed in a dark suit, said nothing in court while attorney George Horn spoke briefly with the mis-demeanor and traffic court magistrate, in a court ap-pearance that lasted about 30 seconds.
Rees’ brief appearance, however, was longer than that of teammate linebacker Carlo Calabrese, who did not appear in court, opting in-stead to have his attorney represent him.
Calabrese is charged with one count of misdemeanor intimidation for allegedly threatening a South Bend police officer during a party raid on May 3 in South Bend. Rees’ charges stem from actions that allegedly occurred at the same party.
Andrew White, deputy prosecuting attorney, said it’s not unusual for defendants to be represented by their at-torney at an initial hearing, but said that a not guilty plea must be entered in per-son — meaning Calabrese will likely have to plead not guilty at his next appear-ance, a status hearing scheduled for June 21.
After appearing in court, both Rees and his attorney refused to answer questions from the media, which fol-lowed the quarterback from his courthouse exit, 60 steps down the sidewalk, to a waiting black sports utility vehicle, which was quickly driven away.
This post was edited by EGND on 5/17/2012 at 11:12 AM
SOUTH BEND In less time than it takes to run a play from scrimmage, Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees appeared briefly in court Thursday morning to enter a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of re-sisting law enforcement, bat-tery and minor consumption.
Standard procedure in a misdemeanor charge where the magistrate presides....
--- note: the "magistrate" presides.
All those wannabe legal experts who claimed Tommy would be charged with a felony(s)...
--- will never show up and admit their ignorance.
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