Jim Donnan Not Guilty

May 16, 2014 14:14 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 7 comments

WSB radio says the Jury has found former UGA Coach Jim Donnan not guilty on all counts. According to the AJC:

The jury reached the verdict after just over 12 hours of deliberation over three days.

Donnan was facing 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and securities fraud against Donnan.

Discuss.

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Will Durant May 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Another victory for the Forrest Gump defense:

“[Defense Attorney Ed] Tolley said Donnan “probably had one of the greatest football minds that ever came through Athens, Ga.,” but he said the ex-coach didn’t have a mind for business.

“It is not a crime to be not very smart,” Tolley said.”

From the outside looking in it appears the Feds cut their deal with the wrong party.

Noway May 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm

As a UGA grad I’m embarassed Donnan was too stupid to swindle somebody!

DrGonzo May 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Le sigh. Our justice system is just so confidence-inspiring.

MattMD May 17, 2014 at 2:58 am

Actually, I think the Feds do pretty well on their conviction/plea rate. They basically tried to intimidate Donnan with 41 counts and his lawyer’s called the U.S. Attorney’s bluff. Good for them.

I can’t stand Georgia football and how they do so little with so much. In this case, I’m glad a former coach beat the rap.

notsplost May 16, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Beating a 41 count Federal rap is no small feat. Lets hope that he sticks to the straight and narrow path or at least gambles with his own money from now on.

MattMD May 17, 2014 at 3:04 am

How many of those counts were based on a single allegation, though?

Jawgadude May 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm

The number of counts someone is charged with is usually highly inflated. Example: A friends tells you he needs some cash and is selling his tools. You swing by after work, buy a few and head home. Unknown to you, your friend stole the tools and the cops were staking out his place. They follow you as you leave and pull you over. You get charged with (1) possession of stolen merchandise. You legally keep a handgun in your vehicle for protection, but also get charged (2) for possession of a firearm in commission of a crime. You are also fighting a kidney stone and have a script for pain meds. Instead of carrying around the big bottle, you put one pill in a small plastic pill caddy and keep it in your pocket in case the stone flares up. Whoops, you also get charged (3) for prescription meds not kept in their original container. Our justice system is a farce.