Vandy rape trial juror pressed about being rape victim

first_imgBrandon Vandenburg, and Cory Batey.Brandon Vandenburg, and Cory Batey.Defense attorneys for two former Vanderbilt University football players convicted of rape say a juror heard 104 questions during jury selection that should have prompted him to disclose he was a victim of statutory rape as a teen.But the juror did not say anything.The attorneys say the man’s silence shows he tried to get onto the jury that found Brandon Vandenburg, who turned 22 on Monday, and Cory Batey, 21, guilty of raping an unconscious student in a dorm. They say he was biased, and the jury’s verdict in January after a 12-day trial should be thrown out.Nashville Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins heard more than four hours of testimony and arguments related to mistrial motions on Monday. He said he expected to rule on the motions next week.The juror testified on Monday, saying he did not reveal the case when asked in jury selection if he knew victims of sexual assault because he did not consider himself a victim. He said he was 16 and consented to the relationship with a man who was seven or eight years older, and his parents pressed for the case to be prosecuted.7 questions about Vanderbilt rape case mistrial requestsProsecutors called another juror to testify to argue that the verdict should stand. That juror, Vanderbilt University doctor Geoffrey Fleming, said the disputed juror did not use his personal experience to try and influence others during deliberations.Assistant District Attorney Roger Moore also pointed out differences in the two cases, calling the juror’s relationship consensual while the Vanderbilt incident a “gang rape.”A Hendersonville police detective who investigated the juror’s original case testified, confirming that the juror was reluctant to cooperate in the case.The juror also said he did not think about that relationship, calling it “inconsequential” in his life, until after trial. The Tennessean does not name victims of sexual assault.Defense attorneys presented evidence trying to show that he couldn’t have simply forgotten about such a major incident: The juror went through 18 months of therapy after the breakup, the family installed a security system at their home after the older man made threats and the juror himself underwent a medical evaluation known as a “rape kit.”Defense seeks mistrial in Vanderbilt rape caseRandall Reagan, one of Vandenburg’s attorneys, questioned why the juror would not think of such a significant event during jury selection.“None of this crossed your mind?” he began.“No sir,” the juror replied.“Not the 18 months, the year and a half of counseling, that didn’t cross your mind?”“No sir.”“Not the talk about Our Kids (a child advocacy center) where you had been evaluated, that didn’t cross your mind?”“No sir.”“The 23 instances where you had sex with Mr. Swift (the defendant), a man more than four years older than you when you were under 16, that never crossed your mind?”Vanderbilt rape trial attorneys question juror’s past“No sir.”“Have you had any kind of treatment for this memory disorder that you have?” Reagan asked, prompting a swift objection from prosecutors and chuckles from those gathered in the courtroom.Batey’s and Vandenburg’s family members filled several rows of the courtroom Monday. Vandenburg and Batey are being held in jail pending outcome of the mistrial request and appeared in court in orange Davidson County jail uniforms.Worrick Robinson, Batey’s attorney, said documents such as police reports contradict the juror’s statements that he did not consider himself a victim. He said the juror dodged attorneys’ questions during jury selection and during Monday’s hearing, spinning his story in his favor.“He’s deceitful and he’s manipulative,” Robinson said.Reach Stacey Barchenger at 615-726-8968 or on Twitter @sbarchenger. Former Vanderbilt University football players Brandon Vandenburg, left, and Cory Batey, middle, appeared in court today with their defense attorneys to ask for a mistrial after learning that a juror did not disclose during jury selection he was a victim in a statutory rape case in Sumner County in 2000. The hearing was heard in front of Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins on Monday, June 15, 2015, in Nashville.Former Vanderbilt University football players Brandon Vandenburg, left, and Cory Batey, middle, appeared in court today with their defense attorneys to ask for a mistrial after learning that a juror did not disclose during jury selection he was a victim in a statutory rape case in Sumner County in 2000. The hearing was heard in front of Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins on Monday, June 15, 2015, in Nashville.last_img read more

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Cowboys vs. Giants: Score, results, highlights from Week 1

first_imgOnly in football does an imperfect number mean perfection, and on Sunday, that’s what Dak Prescott was: perfect.The Cowboys steamrolled the Giants 35-17 in Jerry World in the first game of the season, and what stood out more than anything was just how good the Dallas offense looked. Prescott threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns in a 25-for-32 passing performance. He spread the ball around, too: seven different ‘Boys caught passes from Prescott on Sunday, with all four — Amari Cooper, Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin and Randall Cobb — securing touchdown grabs in the effort. 4:29.: A few incompletions later and Dallas’ drive stalls. Punting away. 4:26:  And the first play of the Cowboys’ season is a 13-yard completion from Prescott to Cooper. Hope you won some cash.4:20 p.m.:  It’s America’s Game of the Week! Well, according to FOX. Kickoff just a few minutes away. On the other side of the field, the Giants need to do something about that defense — for however good Prescott was, the Giants’ secondary did not look good. The pass rush wasn’t there and they couldn’t stop Ezekiel Elliott on the ground. MORE: NFL scores, highlights and more from Week 1Eli Manning was replaced late by rookie Daniel Jones, but it was all for show: Jones finished 3-for-4 passing with a fumble to seal the game  in garbage time. It was not a passing-of-the-torch moment, by the way; just a rookie getting some snaps. But could this signify the beginning of the end of Manning in New York? Tune in next week to find out.SN provided live scoring updates and analysis for the Cowboys’ big win over the Giants in Week 1. Here’s how it went down.Cowboys vs. Giants: Results, highlights7:28 FINAL: Dallas gets the 35-17 victory at home over the Giants. The score wasn’t indicative of how much of a blowout this game was.7:24:  Daniel Jones scrambles for a first, and coughs up the ball. Not called a fumble on the field, but this one is going to the review, and will likely get overturned. That’s gonna be ballgame for these two squads: Dallas comes away with the W.7:20:  Dallas punts away and it’s Daniel Jones time in Dallas. A two-minute drill for the rookie.7:12 NEW YORK SCORING PLAY: A three-minute drive results in a Wayne Gallman TD. Giants trail 35-17 with 2:49 left in the game.7:09:  Giants get the ball back with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter. They’re down 25. I think this game is over.7:05:  Oh wow, Tony Pollard with a nice run but … guess what? Flags! 6:59:  This Giants offensive line hasn’t really looked great for it being “new-and-improved” and all. There’s been only one sack on Eli, but lots of pressure all day.6:55:  First punt for Dallas since the first quarter. And around we go.6:49:  Kick-catch interference called on the Giants. Nothing is really going right for Big Blue today.6:43 END OF THIRD QUARTER:  We head to the fourth quarter with the Giants down 25 to a new-look Cowboys offense. They are clicking. 6:34 DALLAS SCORING PLAY: Zeke with a 10-yard run to give the Dallas six more. Cowboys up 35-10 in the third.6:32:  Dak hits Gallup for a big play. Zeke with a run to bring the Cowboys inside of the Giants’ 20-yard line.6:26:  Giants go for it on fourth-and-1. It was tragic. Eli Manning scrambles outside of the pocket and fumbles the ball on a big hit. Cowboys’ ball inside their own 20.6:22:  This Giants offense seems to be a bit out of sync, but the defense looks pretty bad. They’re into Cowboys territory again, though, midway through the third quarter.6:17 DALLAS SCORING PLAY: That didn’t take long. Dak Prescott and the ‘Boys storm right back down the field and score a touchdown via Prescott to Cobb toss. Cowboys take a 28-10 lead in the third.6:12 NEW YORK SCORING PLAY: Giants drive amounts to three points, as Rosas puts a field goal through the uprights. Giants trail 21-10.6:08:  Well actually … the Giants go for it on fourth-and-8 and they convert. 6:07:  And the drive stalls. Giants bring out the punting unit. The Giants have yet to convert on a fourth down.6:05:  And the second half is underway in Dallas. Giants take over from their own 15. Cody Latimer made a really nice play down the sideline — good coverage but a better throw and catch.5:48 END OF FIRST HALF: Fourth down and a Hail Mary later aaaaannnnddd … the half is over. Dallas leads 21-7.5:44:  Giants driving, trying to score points at the end of the half. They get the ball back at the start of the second half. They just crossed the 50.5:41 DALLAS SCORING PLAY: Cowboys now have 21 unanswered points. Prescott drops a pass into Cooper for a 21-yard TD score. Dallas up 21-7 with a minute left in the half.5:37:  This Giants defense just doesn’t look great so far. Cowboys really eating up clock and putting together efficient drives. They’re a few yards from the red zone now.5:30:  Prescott has now completed passes to seven different guys in the first half. Not bad!5:26:  Cowboys are heavy pass early on, and it’s working.5:21:  Giants’ drive stalls out and Cowboys get the ball back in their own territory. 5:12 DALLAS SCORING PLAY: Welcome back Jason Witten. He grabs an easy touchdown to put the Cowboys up a score. 14-7 Dallas in the second quarter.5:09:  Cowboys driving and Prescott just dropped a beautiful pass in to Michael Gallup along the sideline. Went right after rookie cornerback Deandre Baker. 5:02: Manning has taken some shots today. Leighton Vander Esch just closed the distance. Giants punting. 5:00:  Eli Manning just got clobbered by DeMarcus Lawrence. Play results in an incomplete pass.4:58:  Giants have the ball on the 50 and driving. Saquon Barkley is still good.4:52 DALLAS SCORING PLAY: Dak Prescott hits Blake Jarwin down the middle of the field — he was wide open. Dallas ties the game at 7. 4:47:  Also in a Cowboys uniform, albeit for the first time this season, is wide receiver Randall Cobb.4:44:  We are reminded that Jason Witten is back in a Cowboys uniform and not in the “Monday Night Football” booth. This alone is wonderful news.4:42:  And the Cowboys will try again.4:39 NEW YORK SCORING PLAY: Eli Manning with a play action bootleg and a touchdown toss to Evan Engram for the touchdown. 7-0 Giants in the first quarter.4:38:  Giants are threatening from the Dallas 1-yard line.4:34:  On the very next play Barkley breaks a 50-yard run to get into Cowboy territory. Giants are moving now.4:33:  Giants take over at their own 9-yard line. First play is an underneath screen to Barkley. He fumbles! Ball is recovered by New York. Whew. Second and 1. last_img read more

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Ex-BYU golfer Jordan Rodgers wins State Amateur over Darrin Overson

first_imgMIDWAY — Even if others didn’t give him proper respect during the tournament, former BYU golfer Jordan Rodgers had a feeling it was going to be his week at the 117th edition of the Utah State Amateur at scenic Solder Hollow Golf Course.The 25-year-old Rodgers, who completed his BYU career in May, started by grabbing co-medalist honors early in the week with a scores of 69 and 66, then beat four of his first five opponents in decisive fashion before capping it all off Saturday with a 3 and 1 finals victory over former State Am champion Darrin Overson.It didn’t matter that a tournament official announced him as Jordan “Nelson” on the first tee or that a newspaper where he went to college spelled his name “Rogers” earlier in the week.Now Jordan Rodgers’ name will be carved on the Utah State Amateur trophy that goes back more than a century with all the other greats in Utah golf history.“It feels great to win. . . it was a long week . . . it’s exciting . . . I’m happy,’’ Rodgers said as he searched for words following the long week, which saw him play 145 holes since Monday. “My goal all year was to win the Mid-Am and the State Am. I lost the Mid-Am in a playoff, but I won this.’’Overson was trying to match his State Amateur victory of 1998 which he won as a 23-year-old at Riverside Country Club, but came up just short after he made some key mistakes and Rodgers made some tremendous shots over the final nine holes.The match between the two friends who play occasionally together in Provo was one of the most closely contested in tournament history as neither player could get more than a one-hole advantage over a seven-hour period, until the 34th hole, the 589-yard No. 16.That’s where Rodgers hit what he called “the shot of the week,’’ a 270-yard 3-wood screamer, uphill, into a strong wind, that landed just off the back of the green from where he made a two-putt birdie.Then at the downhill 222-yard par-3 17th hole, Rodgers hit his 6-iron to within 10 feet and sank the birdie putt to close out the match.“It’s more of a relief to know that I can hit clutch shots under pressure,’’ Rodgers said. “My shots on 16 and 17 were as good as I could have hit them.’’For the 40-year-old Overson, it was a disappointing finish to what had been an outstanding week.“A little different obviously from the last time I won — it would have been fun,’’ he said. “But I’m really happy for Jordan. He’s a good kid. He’ll have a good professional career.’’Going into the final nine holes Saturday, Overson held a 1-up lead and seemed to be in control after winning the previous two holes. At the par-4 10th hole, he outdrove Rodgers for one of the few times all day and had 100 yards to the pin.However, after Rodgers put his approach shot on the front fringe 18 feet away, Overson’s wedge shot hit the front of the green and bounded to the back, some 75 feet away. From there, his putt came up 20 feet short and he bogeyed, leaving the match all square, as it was for most of the day.Then at 11, both players had 40-foot putts that came up short — Rodgers’ by five feet and Overson’s by four. But after Rodgers sank his putt, Overson slid his putt by on the right side and fell 1 down.“The lag putting on those two holes cost me, for sure,’’ said Overson. “That was kind of the turning point of the match.’’Before that, Overson’s lag putting had been excellent as he nearly drained a couple of long putts, leaving them within a foot for gimmes. But he also lamented a couple of misses inside six feet on the morning 18 that could have given him a lead over Rodgers.In the morning round, Rodgers had been down one when he won holes 14 and 15 to take a 1-up lead at the lunch break. But he missed two short putts on the second and third holes of the afternoon round to give Overson the lead back. He evened the match on the 22nd hole when Overson found trouble on his drive and then took a 1-up lead with a 30-foot birdie putt at the 24th hole.However, he chunked a chip shot at the 26th hole and lost to Overson’s birdie and then lost the 27th hole when he hit his 12-footer four feet past and missed the comebacker.Then he was the recipient of Overson’s poor putts at 10 and 11.“It was back and forth and we gave each other so many presents all day,’’ Rodgers said. “My chipping was terrible and he was missing close putts.’’Another factor was that Overson used his 3-wood all day and left his driver in the bag because of a lack of confidence and it cost him at times, such as the decisive 34th hole, when he couldn’t hit the green in two.Rodgers wants to turn professional later this summer, but will first try to qualify for the U.S. Amateur a week from Monday at Alpine Country Club where two local players will qualify. Then he plans to make his pro debut at either the Colorado Open or Utah Open in August. After that, it’s off to Q School in September where he’ll try to eventually join his former BYU teammate Zac Blair and former junior golf buddy Tony Finau on the PGA Tour.As for Overson, he’ll continue enjoying life in Provo with his wife and three children and continue his quest to take home a second State Am title.“I’ll keep grinding, as long as I can play, as long as my wife lets me,’’ he said with a smile.Next year’s State Amateur will be played at Alpine Country Club in Highland the second week of July.last_img read more

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