ReppinThe12 was first to report the suppression hearing in the Marshawn Lynch DUI case set for July 5th was postponed. The suppression hearing is now scheduled to be on the Court’s docket November 1st (Friday), which is week #9 of the NFL regular season.
The Seahawks schedule have them returning home from a Monday Night Football appearance in St. Louis that week. Lynch will have a limited ability to practice with the team in preparation for the November 3rd home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will more than likely have to leave Seattle on Thursday in order to be present in the court room for the hearing. This should not be a big concern because he was limited in practice for most of the 2012 season due to a re-occuring injury with his lower back.
No trial date has been scheduled, but in the event it does go to trial, a readiness hearing is scheduled for December 27th (Friday), which is week #17 of the season. The Seahawks will be facing the St. Louis Rams at home Sunday December 29th. The readiness hearing should not require Lynch’s presence.
A trial date should be set during the readiness hearing. It would seem likely that the trial date would be scheduled in February of 2014, or even possibly March of 2014. If it is scheduled in February, let’s just hope it is well after Sunday February 2nd.
There is a chance that the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and Lynch’s attorney, Ivan Golde, can negotiate a plea bargain and avoid a trial. I would expect Golde is seeking a lesser charge for Lynch, such as Reckless Driving. I do not foresee a plea agreement being made until after the November 1st suppression hearing is completed. If Golde is successful in having a judge rule that certain evidence is inadmissible, then there will be a good chance that a plea deal will be made and/or the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office dismisses the charge against Lynch.
If Golde can not convince a judge to throw evidence out, than I would expect him to go to trial. Even if he thinks they would lose before a jury, it is in the best interest of Lynch to continue to play games and earn money ($7 million base salary for 2013) instead of pleading guilty during the regular/post season and be faced with possible game suspensions from Roger Goodell for violations of NFL substance abuse policy. Lynch would likely receive a 2 game suspension from Goodell.
It appears Lynch will be available to play the entire 2013 season.