Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aqib Talib closer to entering pretrail intervention program

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Talib Closer to pretrial intervention

TAMPA — Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib appears to be heading into a pretrial intervention program to conclude his misdemeanor battery case, though it may not be finalized before today's scheduled status check.

Talib's attorneys have filed the paperwork, and assistant State Attorney Richard Ripplinger said as long as the "I's are dotted and the T's are crossed," it should go through. 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 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 pretrial intervention program is common for some cases involving first-time offenders, and, in this situation, would likely require Talib, 24, to do community service and go through anger management. Upon successful completion of the 12-month program, charges would be dismissed. Talib's attorney, Ron Hanes, could not be reached for comment.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aqib Talib closer to entering pretrail intervention program 02/18/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2010 12:22am]

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