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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Aqib Talib case goes before grand jury today

The next phase of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib's legal issue comes today, when evidence will be presented to a Dallas County grand jury. To that end, here's what you need to know if this is a story you're following.

There is no finding of guilt or innocence at this point. The district attorney's office simply presents evidence to jurors to consider in deciding whether the case should move forward. The threshold is quite low, unlike that in a conventional jury trial where the bar is set at beyond reasonable doubt. The grand jury is not determining whether Talib committed assault with a deadly weapon, as he is accused. They are merely deciding whether he should face the charges. If jurors are satisfied, they return an indictment.

Today's hearing stems from an incident in late March involving Talib, his mother, Okolo, and his sister's allegedly abusive boyfriend. Talib and his mother are accused by investigators of firing a handgun at the boyfriend during a scuffle.

Talib will not be required to appear at today's hearing, a court official said.

As for the news of a decision, it won't come right away. That could take a day or more to become public. Stay tuned to tampabay.com for further information.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Aqib Talib case goes before grand jury today 05/25/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1:50pm]
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