Official Statement from Ontario Co. NY District Attorney re: Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward, Jr. investigation. Will send evidence to grand jury ->
DATE: September 16, 2014
Over the past several weeks I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department their investigation, as it progressed, in the Tony Stewart matter. Recently that office concluded its work and forwarded the complete case file to me. Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near future.
As grand jury proceedings in New York State are strictly confidential by law, I am unable to state when the matter will be scheduled, other than to state that I intend to present the matter in the near future. Similarly, because of the confidential nature of these proceedings, I cannot state who will be called as witnesses, or what any witness’s expected testimony will be. When the presentation has been completed and a determination has been made, I will advise the public and the media at that time of the results.
Ontario County District Attorney
My first thought was the D.A. is passing the buck. Grand jury procedures are confidential. Only findings will be made public. Obviously no member of the grand jury will have to face voters that might be angered if Stewart was not prosecuted or if Stewart was prosecuted. Actually, it is a wise decision to involve more people on making any decisions on whether to prosecute Stewart though. It does delay any civil action or settlement, which is not necessarily a good thing.
Did anyone else watch Michael Waltrip on Dancing With The Stars last night? I plead guilty to being a regular viewer of this show. Waltrip did not give a Daytona 500 winning performance, and like none of his cars made the 2014 Chase, he isn’t likely to be among the finalists. He was not the worst dancer though.
Think of the chaos The Chase would be if NASCAR followed DWTS rules-judges scores count for half of the point total for each dancer, while viewer votes count for the other half. By that format Dale Earnhardt Jr. could finish last in every race, but still make it to the championship finals. Junior Nation would overwhelm phone lines voting for him.
One dancer will be eliminated from competition tonight. I don’t think it will be Waltrip, but it could be. Really good dancers are voted off when not so good dancers remain, so he does have a chance to make it to week two. How far he advances will be determined by the “NASCAR” vote. At first I thought that Waltrip or Tommy Chong would be the first to go, depending on the redneck or stoner vote, but Chong’s dance was better than Waltrip’s dance and the dance of several others as well-it even included Cheech Marin as something of a prop.
I am not sure what it means that I would rather write of DWTS than the New Hampshire race on Sunday, just that it isn’t a good situation. Hopefully, for once New Hampshire will provide a little excitement like the Chicago race did.
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