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by Paul on 04/19/12 at 04:13 PM ET
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The boating charges against Winnipeg Jet defenceman Dustin Byfuglien will be decided by a jury.
Mitchell Robinson, the lawyer for the 27-year-old Byfuglien, met this morning with the judge and Hennepin County district attorneys in Minneapolis in a last-ditch chance to come to a resolution, but were unable to do so. As a result, the next step in the case – which stems from an incident last Aug. 31 on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota—will be to schedule it for a jury trial on July 23.
“We’ll pick a jury then and let a jury decide,” said Robinson Thursday when reached by the Free Press. “I’m not surprised. I mean, I’m always optimistic that we can settle these cases, but we’re still so far apart. The prosecutor sees this as a boating-under-the-influence case and I see it as a case of failing to have navigation lights on.
“We’re very far apart. We weren’t able to reach any kind of a fair settlement, so the next step is trial and we’ll see what a jury thinks.”
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