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Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon case won't be resolved quickly

by Jenni Carlson Published: August 14, 2014

So, just because three weeks have passed and the police are still working on the investigation and the district attorney has yet to receive the case, it would be foolhardy to assume anything. A lengthy investigation implies neither guilt nor innocence.

All of this reminds me of the Chris Collins case. You remember the situation involving the Oklahoma State linebacker from Texarkana, Texas. He was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, a case involving a 12-year-old girl.

More than three years passed before the case went to trial.

Quite a few folks had the same reaction — “If it’s taking this long, the police must not have anything and the DA must not have a case. He must be innocent.” But the delay was in no way a reflection of guilt or innocence. Collins pleaded guilty on the day that his trial was supposed to start and received a five-year prison sentence that a jury recommended be served on probation.

He had played a season-plus for the Cowboys by that time and was booted from the team mid-season. It was a mess.

Believe it or not, though, the criminal justice system doesn’t operate with an eye on the sports calendar. Judges don’t look at the football schedule and say, “Oh, we’d better get this wrapped up before the opener” or “His coach needs to know if he’ll be available for the game against Rivalry U”.

Sooner Nation wishes that were the case, but if you want quick resolutions to police investigations or legal proceedings, you likely need to look elsewhere.

Perhaps a syndicated episode of “Law & Order”.

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