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Attorney asks Fla. AG to investigate Winston case

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The family of the woman who accused FSU quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual battery held a news conference Friday. The family of the woman who accused FSU quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual battery held a news conference Friday.

(AP) - A lawyer for the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault is asking Florida's attorney general for an independent examination into the rape investigation, claiming it was riddled with problems.
    
Attorney Patricia Carroll said Friday she is calling on the attorney general to investigate the Tallahassee Police Department's handling of the case.
   
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She called it a "complete failure" of a rape case investigation.

"Do I believe that that complete failure of an investigation of a rape case was related to the fact this gentleman was on the football team? I do, yes," Carroll said.

Carroll also said the lead detective got a search warrant for her client's cell phone and social media accounts but failed to do the same for Winston and his two companions immediately after the accusations were made.

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Last week, Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs announced there was not enough evidence to win a conviction against the FSU quarterback.

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A spokesperson for the Florida Attorney General's office put out a statement Friday, saying Attorney General Pam Bondi had spoken with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner about "a possible formal request from the attorney alleging criminal allegations against TPD." No formal request had been received yet, she said.

Reached by phone, Georgia Cappleman, the chief assistant state attorney in Leon County, said Friday that Winston's phone records were not requested by that agency because officials didn't feel "there would be anything of value left" at the time they got the case. The incident was alleged to have occurred in December 2012.

She had no comment on the request for an investigation by the Attorney General's office.

The Tallahassee Police Department did not address the specific concerns raised by Carroll, instead issuing a brief statement.

"The case has been closed by the state attorney's office and we continue to support him in all of his endeavors," said Officer David Northway.



 

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