The latest update on Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers provides a bit of a silver lining on the dark cloud surrounding his arrest on a felony gun charge. His lawyer released a statement today stating that he is confident that Bowers will be cleared of this charge, and while this is something you’d expect from a lawyer worth his paycheck, he might have good reason for his confidence.
The Tampa Bay Times’ Stephen Holder released an update on the situation today and profiled the lucky breaks that will benefit Bowers in his attempt to clear his name. The premise of the article is that the jurisdiction of the arrest is different than the one that ruled over the case of Plaxico Burress, Here’s a quote from Holder’s article:
“Queens gets a lot of airport cases, so if you can kind of go through the checklist of things you can get some leniency,” said New York attorney Elizabeth Crotty, who also is unaffiliated with Bowers’ case. “They always charge them with (criminal possession) but if it’s properly licensed, packaged and all those things, they’re reasonable.”
The circumstances surrounding Bowers’ case make his distinctly different than that of former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, who served 20 months in prison after a 2008 incident in which his illegally-possessed firearm discharged in a nightclub, shooting Burress in the leg.
The encouragement here is that Bowers will be one of many to come through the Queens legal system with the same charge, whereas Plaxico was arrested and charged in another area of the city, and the circumstances surrounding the possession of his weapon were not as common. All indications are that Bowers’ firearm was registered properly in his home state, and being carried safely. Da’Quan has been cooperative during the entire process, and turned over his weapon willingly after discovering it in his luggage.
The future is looking brighter for Bower, but let us not forget he is facing a felony gun charge, and had to post bail to avoid a stay in jail. He is not out of the woods, but I certainly wish him nothing but the best. He seems to have made an honest mistake, and hopefully the justice system allows for forgiveness of the young Buccaneer defender.