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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Aqib Talib applies to enter court program in misdemeanor case

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has applied to enter a pretrial intervention program as a way of resolving his misdemeanor battery charge.

Assistant State Attorney Richard Ripplinger said the office is reviewing the application, and should know within a few weeks if Talib has been accepted into the program. But Talib is the type of offender who is eligible, Ripplinger said, because he doesn't have a previous record and the victim does not object.

Talib was arrested Aug. 19 after the Florida Highway Patrol said he hit cab driver David Duggan in the neck and ear with a closed fist while riding from a St. Petersburg club to a Tampa hotel.

The pretrial intevention program is designed for people with otherwise clean records. If they complete certain tasks in the program, their charges are ultimately dropped.

In a misdemeanor case such as Talib's he would be required to spend six months on probation, complete an anger management program and stay out of any additional trouble with the law.

Ripplinger said it would be a few weeks before a final decision is made on whether to accept Talib into the program.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Aqib Talib applies to enter court program in misdemeanor case 01/13/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 6:41pm]
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