Do we have any proof that Jansen is being paid by FSU? From his website it appears he's just the local gunslinger that FSU athletes all know about. http://www.jansenlawoffice.com/Attorney-Profile.aspx The article seems to confirm this--
I think this says a lot about how much stock we can put into this. Statement made by an attorney hired by a currently anonymous victim.
"When the [victim’s family] attorney contacted Detective [Scott] Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable."
This is a 100% true statement. Right or wrong, the statement in itself is true--and I think that more often than not a police investigator will point this out WHEN TALKING TO THE ATTORNEY OR REPRESENTATIVE. Note it doesn't say that he said this to the victim, i.e. the allegation isn't that the detective pressured the victim not to report or proceed. When professionals speak to other professionals about these things, they tend to be matter of fact. I used to have frank discussions all the time with criminal investigators about how crappy the Government's case was in these types of sex assault cases. I would never tell the victim that, and once we make the decision to go to court--that's it. We're in.
Delays in collecting DNA samples and conducting interviews.
Pretty standard. I've seen sex assault cases in some states take more than a year just for the State to decide they don't have enough to investigate. DNA takes about 6-12 months to get back in routine investigations (i.e. the defendant isn't sitting in jail awaiting trial).
At the end of the family statement are six questions:
"1. If Winston's attorney was aware of the case in February 2013, why didn't Detective Angulo collect DNA evidence, interview Winston, and conduct a proper investigation.
Do we know for sure that Tallahassee PD contacted Jansen first? That doesn't even make any sense if he's a private attorney. They can't contact an attorney unless that attorney already representes the accused person. Police don't just call up random attorneys and say "some dude committed a crime--thought you'd want to know..." More likely Winston already knew she had complained, he retained Jansen, and Jansen called the detective to let him know Winston was represented. That would also explain why the police didn't question Winston. Once he's represented, you don't just do a typical suspect interview. You have to get overwhelming proof and leave the suspect no choice but to work a deal.
"2. Why did it take Detective Angulo four months to verbally inform the family of the blood work results?
Four months from when the blood was taken, or four months after the results were received? Police detectives don't just pick up the phone and call the victim every time they get a piece of information relevant to a case. More likely they reach out to the victim when they need to clarify some point in her statement. What would be really surprising is a victim waiting four months before calling the detective--especially if she's serious about pushing her case. More often than not it's the victim pestering the investigator.
"3. Why was Winston not listed as the suspect in the police report once he was identified in early January?
Again a pretty vague question. Could be as simple as they didn't have enough information to list him as the suspect in the initial report (which usually has very little information) and they hadn't drafted any supplementals yet.
"4. Why is it being represented in the press that the victim was intoxicated when Detective Angulo told the family that the victim was not intoxicated based on the blood work?
Blood tests not showing alcohol is not the same as not intoxicated. How much time passed between the assault and the blood draw? She could have been .15 at midnight and .04 at 0700 the next morning. Also, it could be helpful to the state's case if she was intoxicated (incapable of giving consent), there is plenty of evidence that she drank, and the blood tests don't preclude intoxication at the time of assault. And who is "representing" anything in the press? Certainly doubt that the TPD is sharing their case file with the local papers.
"5. Why didn't Detective Angulo or his superiors inform the State Attorney of the crime before the media sought a copy of the police report 11 months after the crime?
Is it normal to inform the State Attorney before the investigation is complete? I don't know how it works in Tallahassee. It is very normal for Sex Asslt investigations to take a year, and it's also very normal for the State Attorney to do nothing about a crime prior to the investigation being complete.
"6. Why was the Florida State University Police Department given a copy of the police report after it was determined they did not have jurisdiction, especially given the fact that Winston's attorney represents the Florida State University football team and they have a clear conflict of interest?"
Pretty normal for police departments to share information. Tallahassee PD may have asked FSU PD to do some canvassing interviews, and FSU PD may have required a copy of the TPD initial report in order for them to "open" a case. Police Departments are very strict about the rules for when they can "open" an investigation. Most of those rules exist to prevent Police Detectives from just opening any old investigation against any old person as a form of harassment.
And again, does Jansen represent FSU, or do a lot of FSU athletes hire Jensen when they get into trouble. There is a huge difference.
And the FSU PD can never be in "conflict" with the TPD. Even if the FSU Athletic Department has an attorney, I'm having a really hard time seeing how two law enforcement agencies cooperating with one another can create a conflict.
I have ZERO information about this case, but I know how criminal investigations and prosecutions work. This article makes NO SENSE--in effect it says nothing. The fact that it's a prepared statement by a lawyer who represents an anonymous person, and raises a lot of "potential concerns" in an area where a huge lawsuit/settlement could be in play, is pretty telling for me.
(I know there's currently no discussion AFAIK about a lawsuit, but that's usually why victims get lawyers in these types of cases.)