The weekend self-injury of New York Giants star badboy Plaxico Burress, who sustained a personal injury gunshot in the leg when an illegally concealed weapon accidentally went off may have a few others in hot water.
In New York state, it is a misdemeanor for a hospital not to report a gunshot wound to the police, and according to reports, that is exactly what happened. It appears that several employees of New York-Cornell Hospital, who treated Burress, did not contact the police. The New York State Department of Health is investigating to see if information was deliberately hidden to protect Burress. Additionally the hospital itself has admitted it has suspended an employee for not following procedure. The hospital says it is their policy to contact the police in regards to all gunshot patients.
Meanwhile Antonio Pierce, another New York Giant who was with Burress at the club Latin Quarter during the injury and aftermath, is being sought for questioning by police. It appears, however, that he ditched the cops yesterday in favor of a paid radio appearance. Pierce also is reported to have spoken to NFL security about the incident without a lawyer present which could get the league itself tangled up in the investigation.
Over the weekend, NFL star Plaxico Burress shot himself accidently in his leg when a concealed weapon on his person fell down his pants leg and went off.
Yesterday, NYPD went to Burress’ home to retrieve the gun. Burress was not at home, and while there was no search warrant, but someone at the house was authorized by Burress to surrender the weapon. Representatives for Burress also made a statement that he would turn himself in.
Just this morning, Burress voluntarily turned himself into the police and plead “not guilty” to charges of illegal possession of a weapon, which is a felony. Burress may also face charges of reckless endangerment.
Burress’ lawyer has stated that his client “intends to address the charges in a responsible manner as a true professional.”
We’ll be keeping track of this story as it develops.
After cops noticed three guns inside the cars of Katt Williams’ motorcade, Katt Williams was picked up on charges of weapons possession and spent most of Thursday in a New York City prison.
Williams posted a $25,000 bond with the Manhattan Criminal Court that night, and was only a half hour late to a concert at Carnegie Hall where a sold-out crowd awaited him. Williams went on to reference the arrest during his show.
We’ll follow up on this story as more details develop, and of course note any official statement from the criminal attorneys on either side of the case.
Reports are out that R & B singer Lyfe Jennings was arrested over the weekend on a number of charges in Georgia. Police there say that they were responding to a call of weapons being fired, and when they arrived on the scene saw Jennings corvette leaving. Jennings tried to elude police and gave chase before crashing.
Jennings now faces charges of felony weapon possession by a convicted felon (Jennings served a ten year stretch from ’92 – ’02 for arson) and faces charges of attempting to elude, discharging a firearm near a highway, and refusal to take a test for sobriety. It has not been noted whether Jennings has an Atlanta criminal defense attorney representing him yet.