Dorsey Diversion Program + Acquittal?

Submitted by Mattinboots on February 4th, 2010 at 7:09 PM

I'm not sure how this works from a legal persepective, but the Freep (clearly as part of an effort to save Sharp - damn that man) is reporting the Dorsey confessed and was routed through diversion programs for each cime he was accused of (yes I just saw the other post on this). I'm not sure how you get routed into a diversion program and still have an acquittal. Is this possble mgolawyers?



February 4th, 2010 at 8:08 PM ^

I am not familiar with this particular prosecutor's office in Florida obviously. But if you were handling things in Detroit, you wouldn't be getting diversion for a violent charge like this, and if you did get it, it should be wiped off your permanent record so people like the Free Press couldn't get a hold of it.

If he got a charge dropped, the prosecutor had a reason for it. If he was acquitted of something, it had to go to a trial.


February 4th, 2010 at 8:17 PM ^

I just read the Freep story. Dorsey was a juvenile at the time. You can get all sorts of crazy sentences when you're a juvenile. Like diversion and slaps on the wrist for God knows what. But there is NO WAY the Freep should be digging for police reports on something a juvenile did. That is some shady stuff right there. Juvenile records are supposed to be sealed. And even if they aren't, seriously the kid was 16. Why do we care so badly what happened to this kid when he was 16? Just to make Rich Rod look bad? Sick.

blue note

February 4th, 2010 at 10:11 PM ^

From an mgolawyer:

Where I worked, diversion programs are extremely common for juvenile offenses. Virtually every first time offender is offered diversion.

As far as the records being sealed, it is Dorsey's responsibility to have them expunged. Obviously that would have been a good idea here.

Speed Kills

February 4th, 2010 at 7:32 PM ^

After hearing about some of the comments that Sharp had made on his radio show I went ahead and called the freep sports editor, Gene Myers. I let him know that Sharp had been out of line and inappropriate when saying that the kid ran his 4.3 40 running from cops. He's an 18 year old kid...if you want to rip guys like Plaxico "quick draw" Burress, Vick, Pacman Jones...go for it, but not a young man who's excited to have a chance to receive a world class education and an amazing experience as an athlete. That's just being an enormous bag of deuche.

Go speak your mind.

313-222-6400 (freep sports department) and ask for Gene Myers.


February 4th, 2010 at 7:37 PM ^

Can we take up an collection to pay for Dorsey's slander and libel lawsuit against Sharpe and the Free Press? or would that be a rules violation?

Zone Left

February 4th, 2010 at 7:40 PM ^

I'm usually a fan of giving minors a second chance. Kids do really stupid shit, and sometimes they get caught. I remember actively thinking that a backup OSU QB should get a second chance after some dumbass stunt a few years back (Henton maybe?). I think he ended up graduating.

As for Drew Sharp--yeah, he's an asshole sports writer that has written that he is not a sports fan. How does that happen? He is the ultimate example of a lazy columnist and is a prime example of why new media types have readers.


February 4th, 2010 at 8:53 PM ^

Everything i've read so far has said that Dorsey was charged as an adult and was ACQUITTED during a November trial. 100,000 mgopoints to whoever kicks Sharpe in the nuts first.

Crime Reporter

February 4th, 2010 at 11:11 PM ^

Basically, it's run by the state department of corrections as an alternative to jail for non-violent, juvenile offenders.

The judge has the sole discretion whether to admit one into the program, which runs for X number of months, if memory serves me right. This isn't a program for habitual offenders, but juveniles that made a stupid choice.

We had a guy here who robbed a bunch of houses, and was put into the program. The judge was somewhat lenient in that case, however, as the kid in my instance had committed the burglaries after already having a record for a similar offense.