Former WR Jerald Robinson arrested, faces multiple felony charges (CONFIRMED)

Submitted by Butterfield on March 18th, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Posted by user Rockycapp in another thread, he doesn't have the points to start a new post. 

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/21672398/troopers-seize-nearly-450-grams-of-marijuana-on-ohio-turnpike 

Felony drug possession and felony drug trafficking.  The title says presumably since it isn't confirmed in the link that the Jerald Robinson in question is the former Michigan wideout, however circumstantial evidence would suggest it is.  Same age, same hometown (Canton, OH), and oh....the Michigan warmups that are acting as a blanket to keep large amounts of weed warm:

 

Assuming it is the right Jerald Robinson and assuming he is indeed guilty of the charges, here's hoping he can eventually be a positive contributor to society. 

Edit:  It is indeed the same Jerald Robinson, confirmed by Justin Rogers/Mlive.  http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2013/03/ex-michigan_receiver_jerald_ro.html#incart_river 

Comments

PeterKlima

March 18th, 2013 at 5:14 PM ^

Seeing as how criminal laws are supposed to be a reflection of a society's morals and protection of each other... I would say its a shame for everyone that something so devoid of bad morals or victims can carry such a significant burden. If laws without any logical basis can be used to throw people in jail...look out.... Something you do might be criminalizes for no reason in the future.

Plus, you, me and everyone pay a lot of money to enforce those laws.

He was dumb to do it (assuming he is guilty), but we should all be against baseless criminalization of morally innocent conduct.

quiverfull

March 18th, 2013 at 6:40 PM ^

until your investigator calls you out to look at a couple of dudes he found in a car, handcuffed and with their heads cut off.  you know, innocent dope mules, but maybe the cost is too much?   it's worse in the desert, too.  they stink to high heaven.   or when the angels blow torched a guy to death, now that was definitely some innocent fun.  i dunno, maybe we can't handle that much fun.   i don't believe simple possession should be much penalized, nor should a mere pound or two, but make no mistake, it's not an 'innocent' crime. 

PeterKlima

March 18th, 2013 at 8:47 PM ^

Those things happened because of the mere fact it is illegal. In other words, those things are another reason why making it illegal is dumb. If you think outlawing drugs prevents, instead of encourages outlaw gang violence, then you are an idiot.

quiverfull

March 18th, 2013 at 10:33 PM ^

lived it.  ran a covert gang task force in cal for years before i (gratefully) came home to mich.   it is legal in california and those things still happen all the time.  it is basically legal in mexico and it is thunderdome down there and they are in the process of losing their country.  if it were proper i could post some nice crime scene photos.  you'd love them.  so innocent, especially the torture ones where the organs are hanging out of the body.  blow torches leave very tell-tale marks too, unless of course the bod(ies) have been in the desert for a while, then they all turn black and start to liquify.    dope is 'safe' in, say, brighton or ann arbor, but dope is a killer.  but it will make you smart and ambitious, so there's a saving grace. 

PeterKlima

March 18th, 2013 at 10:45 PM ^

When did you live it being legal? "Basically legal" in Mexico and "legal" in CA? When?

I thought it was stilling legal in CA without a script (like oxy). Not really street legal then is it?

What you saw happened because people couldn't grow it or buy it in a store. Do you think those people would have killed each other if it was available in the beer isle at Kroger? What you saw happened because it was forced into the black market

Like I said... You are not too bright.

BTW- I don't use marijuana or any other illegal drugs. I'm just capable of reasoning.

quiverfull

March 19th, 2013 at 5:15 AM ^

they sell it in shops and you can have it delivered like dominos pizza and pick the type you want.  MJ is legal in Mexico for all intents and purposes, there is no law there and if you're 'caught' you can give the cop a bribe (it's called 'mordido' in spanish) and you can walk with your weed.    i agree i'm not too bright, but i do have a least a modicum of wisdom and far more experience on these topics than you, so you may want to refrain from the personal attacks - folks on this blog tend to be pretty good to one another and you might want to adopt that e-demeanor.  otherwise they'll send you to bolivia.  i'm not sure if weed is legal in bolivia. 

PeterKlima

March 19th, 2013 at 6:35 AM ^

You worked in the area and don't know it is illegal in California without a prescription, it is illegal under US federal law and Illegal in Mexico? You realize saying you can bribe someone in Mexico still makes it illegal and pushes it to a violent underground, right? If it was in mainstream commerce things would be much different. It's scary someone presumably in charge of enforcing laws doesn't know what is illegal.

Magnus

March 18th, 2013 at 5:08 PM ^

Well, it looks like Rodriguez recruited at least two drug dealers (Feagin and Robinson) in his three years here.  I wonder who the drug dealer in the 2009 class is/was; that way he could have one in each class.

Section 1

March 18th, 2013 at 5:57 PM ^

How many other addict/bank robbers did Bo recruit?

Does Lloyd Carr have to answer for the misdeeds of Kelly Baraka, B.J. Askew, Jeremy LeSeur, Todd Howard, Jonathan Goodwin, Maurice Smith or James Whitley?

Does Gary Moeller have to answer for any other Moellers?

See how that goes, Magnus?

Section 1

March 18th, 2013 at 6:47 PM ^

Now everybody recognizes "the ignorance of his comment."  Like the scene in the Godfather where Michael Corleone witnesses the Cuban rebel with a grenade grabbing the Captain of the Guards and falling together inside a car where the grenade detonates.  Messy.  And a hard lesson for those who witnessed it. 

"Help":  I'm not much interested in a tutorial on Michigan football arrests.  But Magnus has this very bad habit if taking cheap shots at Coach Rodriguez, and I'm trying to help him overcome it. 

Magnus

March 19th, 2013 at 4:47 AM ^

I'm sorry, but was there anything factually incorrect about my comment?  No.  Was I taking a shot at Rodriguez? Um, yeah.  Did Rodriguez fail miserably at Michigan? Absolutely. Were there factors outside of his control? Sure.

Did he still recruit two drug dealers in three years? Yes. Yes, he did, and numerous other guys failed to qualify at Michigan, transferred, got in trouble, etc. That 2010 class was a huge failure with 16 guys who have left already; a few good players remain on the team, but just 11 are left out of the original 27.

Section 1

March 20th, 2013 at 2:40 PM ^

We both know that you were taking a shot at Rodriguez.  YOU say you were taking a shot at Rodriguez.

And I was defending Rodriguez.

If you know as much as I think you do about recruiting, Magnus, you'd know that the 2010 recruiting class was assembled under the dark cloud of Stretchgate.  Unfair to Rodriguez; borderline defamation of Rodriguez.  A despicable and shameful act on the part of Michael Rosenberg and the Free Press and whoever Rosenberg's ennablers were within the Athletic Department.  It cost us recruits.  I trust Bacon's reporting on that subject.

You don't read me telling anybody how to coach, Magnus.  You've never seen me substitute my opinion for a coach's opinion on coaching.  All that I have done in the case of Rodriguez is to point out how unfairly he was treated at Michigan.  I don't care if you agree with that; I know that I am right about that one.

You can continue to take "shots" at Rodriguez.  And I'll continue to defend Rodriguez on the defensible points that I am aware of as a non-coach, as long as you do that.

And count this as yet one more episode in which the Rodriguez haters crawl out to raise him as a subject without prompting from people like me.  Haved a nice day.

 

Magnus

March 20th, 2013 at 2:56 PM ^

I'm not arguing any of your points.

Regardless, the recruiting in the 2010 class was terrible.  Shadow of Stretchgate or not, having a bunch of kids fail to qualify and having 16 of them gone after three years is abominable.  And of the 11 remaining, there are a handful who never/rarely see the field - Paskorz, Ash, Furman, etc.  Hagerup is often suspended.  Etc.  Michigan got a couple good players, a couple mediocre starter types, and then a bunch of riff-raff.

gwrock

March 18th, 2013 at 5:38 PM ^

The law is the law, and this was a stupid choice on his part ... but this is a stupid law. Here's a kid who's now potentially done a lot of damage to his future by possessing ... a plant. Unfortunate. (Apologies if this treads too closely to politics).

buddhafrog

March 18th, 2013 at 5:52 PM ^

^ Exactly, the law is the law.  Without getting into politics, whether we agree with the war on drugs and our current drug laws, it currently is what it is until it no longer is what it currently is.  Or something like that.

I, for one, feel both very bad for him for commiting a crime that in my opinion should not be a crime.  However, at the same time I just shake my head at, in my opinion, the stupidy of his actions taken.

I hope for the best for JR II.

PeterKlima

March 18th, 2013 at 9:06 PM ^

You are right. I usually don't care one way or another about drug laws. It just kind if hit me though that banning marijuana is flat out stupid. Since we make the laws in this country (indirectly) I figure some discussion is good to move the dial because Jerald does not deserve what he is about to get. Even though he didn't play much, he was a Wolverine and that makes him sympathetic to me.

Brandon Brown

March 18th, 2013 at 6:01 PM ^

The cops in Ohio DEFINITELY took the opportunity to set those bags up perfectly on top of the Michigan gear.  There is no way Jerald would be rollin that dirty with bags of weed just carelessly tossed in the back seat like that.  Obviously what Jerald did was very wrong but the Ohio cops knew exactly what they were doing putting it on display like that to reflect poorly on Michigan.

Benoit Balls

March 18th, 2013 at 8:13 PM ^

with felony possession (5th degree felony) for having over 100 grams. In Ohio you can have up to 100 grams in one bag and it is considered "personal use" which is a class 6 misdemeanor. He is also charged with trafficking (4th degree felony) because the pound was in separate bags. I didn't see empty bags in the picture, but if they were present, then they could attach a "possession of criminal tools" charge as well. Had everything been in one bag, it would have been felony possession only. Or that's what I heard on a documentary on PBS.

Since they smelled burnt weed, but he didn't get a drug paraphenalia charge, Im going to assume he was toking a joint or a blunt.

NatiWolverine

March 18th, 2013 at 9:31 PM ^

Not entirely correct.   Felony possession is over 200 grams of marijuana.   Between 100-200 grams is a low level misdemeanor, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. 

Under 100 grams of marijuana is a minor misdemeanor and is not a jailable offense.   However, if one has 50 grams of marijuana in one bag, a scale, 3 cell phones, and a thousand dollars in small bills, sometimes that one bag is charged as trafficking. 

Also, in my 17 years of practicing criminal defense, with a high volume of cases being drug cases, I have never seen an empty bag charged as possession of criminal tools. 

RedWing19

March 18th, 2013 at 7:03 PM ^

This is a Felony 5 in Ohio. Lowest level Felony. It will get dropped to a Misdemeanor 1 and he will get probation. Most likely will be able to go through diversion program and have it removed from his record if he stays out of trouble.

NatiWolverine

March 18th, 2013 at 9:15 PM ^

In Ohio, as long as you are not caught actually selling a pound of weed, there is not much of a difference between being charged with possession of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, or both possession and trafficking.  The penalties for possession of a pound of marijuana and a pound of marijuana prepared for distribution (trafficking) are equal and cannot be stacked one on top of the other.

Possession/Trafficking between 200-1000 grams of marijuana is a lower level felony, a felony of the fourth degree.   These charges carry a potential prison sentence of between six and eighteen months.  However, if one has no prior felonies on his or her record and is convicted of a fourth degree felony, the law dictates that the person be placed on probation instead of given a prison sentence.  

Shakey Jake

March 18th, 2013 at 10:00 PM ^

Makes sense why he wasn't able to make it on the football field and in the class room. Who the hell transports drugs knowing you have front license plate issue (probably missing) and transporting such a large quantity of weed so poorly secured that your car smells of weed? I can tell you sho does this. A fool.