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Mark Curnutte started covering the Bengals and the NFL for The Enquirer in 2000. He previously wrote about urban affairs and other social issues for the Enquirer. He won the prestigious 1994 Unity Award from Lincoln University (Missouri) for "A Polite Silence," a seven-day series about race relations in Greater Cincinnati. He also has worked as an assistant features editor and features writer at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Curnutte is second vice president and a three-year board member of the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). He is a 1984 Miami University graduate.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Bengals DT Shirley in court today

Jason Shirley, the Bengals' fifth-round round draft pick from Fresno State, will be in Fresno County Superior Court today for a jury trial, stemming from a series of misdemeanor charges last fall, a court clerk said this morning.

Attempts by Shirley's lawyer to have the case dismissed Thursday were not successful. The lawyer argued that the district attorney did not legally obtain Shirley's medical records and are using them, The Fresno Bee reported.

The defensive tackle was not at the team's offseason practice Wednesday.

He was charged for driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher, hit-and-run driving and driving with a suspended license and expired registration for two separate incidents last fall.

UPDATE: 10:00 p.m.

Shirley is expected to be in Fresno County Superior Court all of next week, when he will miss three more Bengals’ offseason practices, for a jury trial that stems from a series of misdemeanor charges last fall. Jury selection is expected Tuesday, followed by opening arguments Wednesday and possible closing arguments Friday, according to The Fresno Bee.


at 5/25/2008 3:40 PM Blogger TigerJaw said...

Another brilliant draft pick by that great guru ML and that awesome owner of ours. *sarcasm* What a waste!

at 5/26/2008 8:30 AM Blogger Carson said...

Wow, I thought Marvin was focusing on high character players, not characters. If the Bengals continue to draft these guys they should develop some type of player development that actually works. I have yet to see any action by the Bengals which addresses developing good character in their players.

at 5/27/2008 11:28 AM Blogger med man said...

Cool, more thugs to keep the Bungles street cred up.

at 5/27/2008 7:09 PM Blogger anti-media said...

M.L.....Idiot who drafts bums who are as inept & incompetent as himself !! Fire Marvless Now

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