Aqib Talib's misdemeanor battery case nearing conclusion
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib appears to be heading to a pre-trial intervention program to conclude his misdemeanor battery case, though it may not be finalized before Friday's scheduled status check. Talib's attorneys have filed the paperwork and assistant state attorney Richard Ripplinger, who said as long as the "I's are dotted and the T's are crossed," it should go through. It's just that the state attorney's office has other cases pending that could delay the official ruling for Talib.
Talib was arrested Aug. 19 after the Florida Highway Patrol said he punched a cab driver in the neck and ear with a closed fist while riding from a St. Petersburg club to a Tampa hotel. Since then, Talib has entered a written plea of not guilty, and the driver, David Duggan, has said he reached a monetary settlement with Talib to avoid a potential civil lawsuit.
A pre-trial intervention program is common for some cases involving first-time offenders, and, in this situation, would likely require Talib to do community service and go through anger management. Upon successful completion of the 12-month program, the charges would be dismissed. Talib's attorney, Ron Hanes, could not be reached for comment.
-- JOE SMITH