Zach Randolph cuts plea deal for community service, no jail time

Zach Randolph has reached a plea deal that will allow him to avoid jail time, and potentially have charges wiped from his record altogether. A report from TMZ reported the specifics of the deal, which includes 150 hours of community service from Randolph.

According to TMZ:

[W]e've learned Randolph struck a deal with prosecutors to plead no contest to misdemeanor resisting arrest ... and in exchange, the pot charge was tossed completely.

TMZ also reports that as long as Randolph stays out of trouble for 12 months, the resisting arrest charge would also be taken off his record.

It was always unlikely that this case would result in Randolph facing jail time. Now that the issue is settled through the legal system, we’ll wait for the Kings and the NBA to decide what kind of suspension or fines Randolph may face.

My gut instinct remains the same as it has since Z-Bo’s initial arrest, and I’m guessing he’ll face a 5 game suspension. Regardless of what the actual punishment looks like, it’s nice that this black mark on the Kings’ summer is working quickly towards conclusion.

Update 7:10 p.m.:

From Zach Randolph’s Attorney, Raymond Brothers:

“As we have said from the beginning, the reports regarding Zach Randolph are false and misleading. After being accused of marijuana possession, all charges have been dropped. He was never arrested with any marijuana in or on his possession. He has been cited for delaying a police officer. It’s defamatory for someone to say anything to the contrary.

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Community Service ideas:

Cutting grass/weed-wacking
Helping seniors exercise their joints
Fixing pots at public gardens

Assisting Glaucoma patients with their treatment

If the possession wasn't valid and the charge couldn't stick, why would the arrest itself be treated as lawful?

It’s just a silly way to govern society.

We can speculate to the behavior of Randolph and whether or not that warranted police involvement, but on paper, this is quite silly.

That's just 5 yards and you repeat the down...

If he was so damn sure ZBo was completely innocent

Shoulda taken in to trial and won.

I'm sure there's no more to the story than what Zach's lawyer indicates

LOL.

Strongly worded statement nonetheless

From a criminal defense attorney.

Shocker.

I'm not sure what "in or on his possession" actually means

But an even stronger statement would have included the fact that he didn’t bring and distribute two pounds of marijuana at that party.

If, indeed, that’s a fact.

Translation

He had not used nor had any of the unused substance on his person.

I don't really believe it

But the resisting makes more sense in that case.

I think in that case

It would be "in his system or in his possession".

His attorney might be trying to make it sound like he hadn’t ingested the substance – with a bit of fancy language.

Not necessarily. Be careful with lawyer speak.

This could still be an "accurate" criminal defense attorney statement if the translation is, "when the cops confronted him, he ran off and threw his backback full of weed into the bushes. By the time the cops actually ‘arrested’ him there was no marijuana ‘in or on his possession.’"

"Misleading" is another fun lawyer word that can mean all kinds of things, like he really had 1 and 3/4 pounds not 2 pounds, or the word "sell" in the original charge is not consistent with his intent to give it away for free. And on and on.

It was a group sale and lease back construction, also known as a ‘pass the Dutchy on the left hand side’-transaction.

Who knows

But if the court investigated it and threw out the charge it’s silly to make up fantasies about what might’ve gone down with no further information. Add to that the fact that I don’t think it’s unethical to possess marijuana in the first place and I personally won’t be losing any respect for Zbo for this one.

It sounds like it was a pretty basic plea deal

[W]e’ve learned Randolph struck a deal with prosecutors to plead no contest to misdemeanor resisting arrest … and in exchange, the pot charge was tossed completely.

One side agrees to plea to a lesser charge and it saves everyone a trial. This is not exactly unprecedented. Not sure "the court" investigated and threw out anything here.

Maybe I shouldn’t have used the word "court" but the DA who would’ve presented at court exchanged a felony drug charge for a misdemeanor. If they had the evidence to convict him of the felony they certainly would’ve done so, yes?

No.

The prosecution was facing the prospects of litigating two misdemeanor charges against a well funded defendant. They have bigger fish to fry with their limited resources, so making a deal makes sense in the grand scheme of things.

And yet that the well funded defendant was willing to not contest a criminal charge at all, rather than force the prosecution to earn it, speaks to the strength of the evidence that the prosecution had in its quiver in furtherance of proving the charges.

The deal evidences exactly that, both sides were willing to compromise.

Not necessarily

And yet that the well funded defendant was willing to not contest a criminal charge at all, rather than force the prosecution to earn it, speaks to the strength of the evidence that the prosecution had in its quiver in furtherance of proving the charges.

It was just easier for both sides to move on. Zach would gain nothing from dragging this on unnecessarily, and The Man looks prudent as well.

I think you two are basically saying the same thing

This is a pretty standard plea deal. A defendant who probably did more than he plead to, and a DA who gets to discharge a case without having to take it to trial.

But that's only true if the evidence has him dead-to-rights guilty! That's the point! Otherwise, he has everything to gain from fighting for his innocence!

Zach would gain nothing from dragging this on unnecessarily

He has absolutely zero to gain

And a lot to lose. He made the right call. Win-win for all involved.

I think we agree that it was the right call and both sides gave something up to reach a deal.

Again, however, if he was in fact innocent then he had his innocence to gain, which is quite a lot for an actually innocent person!

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