By GWEN FLORIO Missoulian (excerpt below)
MISSOULA — Five prosecutors, including an assistant attorney general and an attorney in private practice, are pursuing the rape case against former University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson.
Adam Duerk, an attorney with Milodragovich, Dale and Steinbrenner, is assisting the Missoula County Attorney’s Office in prosecuting the case, as is Assistant Attorney General Joel Thompson, Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said Monday.
“Suzy indicated she wanted some help,” Van Valkenburg said of Assistant Chief Deputy County Attorney Suzy Boylan who, with Van Valkenburg, has filed much of the paperwork in the case. Assistant Chief Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Clark also is assisting, Van Valkenburg said.
Johnson is charged with a single count of sexual intercourse without consent in connection with a Feb. 4 incident at a fellow student’s home, where the two were watching a movie.
Johnson was suspended from the UM football team after being charged. He and the woman continue to take classes, but remain under a civil no-contact order.
- Okay, I get this. The young man definitely needs to go on trial. They definitely need to see if he is innocent or guilty. If he is guilty then of course he needs to be held accountable. What I don’t get is why in the world does it take 5 prosecuting attorneys? (I’m sorry but a joke comes to mind first thing…like how many attorneys does it take to screw in a lightbulb?) Seriously! Does the taxpayers need to pay 5? Does it take 5 to prove 1 count? Is this because it is a high profile case? Is it because US DOJ is looking over their shoulders? Are they trying to make a name for themselves? We’ve seen many an attorney, just 1 attorney, prosecute in this state with the greatest of ease. It was interesting to read a few of the comments on these articles.
- Sigh, but of course everyone will be chanting “Go Grizzlies” as we condemn the special treatment that he received or receives as a high profile football player, but we are the ones that put him on that pedestal. We need to think about that.