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    Looks Like Artic Blast Is Not Always Great

    Plea deal by ex-Viking tossed out




    Posted: February 14, 2006

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A plea deal that allowed former Minnesota Viking Ted Brown to avoid trial on sexual misconduct charges was thrown out Tuesday.
    The three-judge appeals panel said District Court Judge Michael Jesse was wrong to allow the plea over the objections of a prosecutor. The appeals court sent the case back to Mille Lacs County for further proceedings.

    Brown, a running back from 1979-86, entered a plea agreement last summer that allowed him to end the case without a trial but also without admitting guilt. He was charged with sexually assaulting a woman during the Vikings 2003 "Arctic Blast" event at Eddy's Resort on Mille Lacs Lake. In exchange for the plea, Brown was ordered to complete community service and keep a clean record.

    The appeals panel, led by retired Judge Gary Crippen, concluded that the prosecutor withdrew the plea deal before its acceptance. The prosecutor said he needed to notify the alleged victim of the proposed plea before formally entering into it. The victim objected to the deal, but Jesse enforced the agreement anyway.


    Neither Brown's attorney, Steven Meshbesher, nor Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Kolb immediately returned calls for comment.

    Brown was indicted by a grand jury in late 2003 on charges of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors alleged that Brown forced sex on an intoxicated woman.

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    Ex-Viking's 'Arctic Blast' agreement voided

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    Posted on Wed, Feb. 15, 2006

    [size=18px]Ex-Viking's 'Arctic Blast' agreement voided[/size]

    Sex misconduct plea faulted upon appeal

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    A plea deal that let former Minnesota Viking Ted Brown avoid trial on sexual misconduct charges was thrown out Tuesday by the state Court of Appeals.

    The three-judge appeals panel said District Judge Michael Jesse was wrong to allow the plea over the objections of a prosecutor. The appeals court sent the case back to Mille Lacs County for further proceedings.

    Brown, a running back from 1979 to 1986, entered a plea agreement last summer that allowed him to end the case without a trial but also without admitting guilt. He was charged with sexually assaulting a woman during the Vikings' 2003 Arctic Blast event at Eddy's Resort on Mille Lacs Lake.

    In exchange for the plea, Brown was ordered to complete community service and keep a clean record.

    The appeals panel, led by retired Judge Gary Crippen, concluded that the prosecutor withdrew the plea deal before its acceptance.

    The prosecutor said upfront that he needed to notify the alleged victim of the proposed plea before formally entering into it. The woman objected to the deal, but Jesse enforced the agreement anyway.

    Brown was indicted by a grand jury in late 2003 on charges of first-and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    Prosecutors alleged that Brown forced sex on an intoxicated woman who was unable to consent.

    His attorney, Steven Meshbesher, said his client hasn't settled on his next move. Meshbesher said Brown won't plead guilty. He has the option of appealing Tuesday's decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

    "We are going to zealously fight this thing as we have from the beginning because Ted Brown is innocent of any criminal activity," Meshbesher said. "We thought we had it resolved, and now we don't."

    Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Kolb didn't immediately return a call for comment.

    The incident was one of a couple that tarnished the 2003 Arctic Blast, a snowmobile rally involving Vikings players that doubles as a charity fundraiser.

    Another grand jury investigated allegations against other Vikings players involving a different woman who was socializing with them in a motel hot-tub area. There were no charges filed. The woman settled her claims with the team.

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    Re: Ex-Viking's 'Arctic Blast' agreement voided

    [size=18px]Appeals Court says no deal to Arctic Blast plea bargain[/size]

    Former Vikings star may have to face charges of criminal sexual assault after all.

    Richard Meryhew
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    Last update: February 14, 2006 – 11:10 PM


    Former Minnesota Vikings running back Ted Brown could still be tried for an alleged sexual assault that occurred during the team's 2003 Arctic Blast fundraiser, under a ruling issued Tuesday by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

    In summarizing its decision, a three-judge appeals panel said District Judge Michael Jesse erred last August in accepting a plea agreement involving Brown over the objections of prosecutors and without the consent of the alleged victim.

    The case now returns to Mille Lacs County.

    Brown, 49, a star player with the Vikings from 1979 to 1986, was charged in late 2003 with first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a February 2003 incident at Eddy's Resort on Lake Mille Lacs. However, just weeks before his trial, attorneys for both sides met with the judge in a closed session to discuss a plea.

    Under the proposed deal, Brown would agree to a reduced charge and perform an unspecified amount of community service while being allowed to maintain his innocence. The arrangement, called an Alford plea, essentially allows a defendant to claim innocence while admitting that sufficient evidence exists by which he can be found guilty.

    Prosecutors, however, said that the agreement was contingent upon the alleged victim's approval. Although the woman rejected the deal, the district judge enforced it.

    Within days, prosecutors challenged the agreement, saying it was accepted over their objections and without the alleged victim's approval.

    In its ruling Tuesday, the appeals panel agreed, saying prosecutors representing Mille Lacs County withdrew the plea prior to its acceptance.

    Brown has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

    However, his attorney, Steven Meshbesher, said in a statement Tuesday that if the case goes to trial, "Mr. Brown and I both remain confident in a favorable outcome."

    Special Assistant County Attorney Wade Kish, meanwhile, called the ruling "gratifying."

    "Since the indictment came down, it's been our goal to put this in front of a Mille Lacs County jury and let the jury decide," Kish said. "Now, we're closer to that step."

    The incident involving Brown is one of two that reportedly occurred at the 2003 Arctic Blast event. A grand jury heard testimony on a second, more highly publicized incident, but criminal charges were never filed.

    Brown has admitted having sex with the alleged victim, but Meshbesher has argued that the sex was consensual and that Brown did not force or coerce the woman into having intercourse or cause personal injury.

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    Re: Ex-Viking's 'Arctic Blast' agreement voided

    I never realized we had so many horney players on Vikings Teams.

    I'm starting to wonder, are those really Vikings Horns on our helmets or are they..........

    Something to ponder....


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    Re: Ex-Viking's 'Arctic Blast' agreement voided

    I heard that the horns are filled with powdered viagra that absorbs through the skull directly into the brain. The Vikings may need to get new uniforms.

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    Re: Ex-Viking's 'Arctic Blast' agreement voided

    "VikingNed" wrote:
    I never realized we had so many horney players on Vikings Teams.

    I'm starting to wonder, are those really Vikings Horns on our helmets or are they..........

    Something to ponder....
    Just about all men are horny!

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    Re: Ex-Viking's 'Arctic Blast' agreement voided

    Gee, could have added it to the thread that was already started on this.

    Uh oh...somebody made a boo-boo!

    I am sure you have a good explanation like always!

    http://www.purplepride.org/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=18914

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    He does...he was horny and disoriented...a constant state for him! :evil4:

    Must be the effects of that PSQ Mustache he wears! :lol:
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    Re: Ex-Viking's 'Arctic Blast' agreement voided

    "Prophet" wrote:
    I heard that the horns are filled with powdered viagra that absorbs through the skull directly into the brain. The Vikings may need to get new uniforms.
    So that's why that happens when I wear my Viking helmet during games!! It all makes sense now! :lol:
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    Re: Ex-Viking's 'Arctic Blast' agreement voided

    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    Gee, could have added it to the thread that was already started on this.

    Uh oh...somebody made a boo-boo!

    I am sure you have a good explanation like always!

    http://www.purplepride.org/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=18914

    :razz: :wink:

    Sorry Ultra. I think I was just excited to see that I was able to post an article before Singers.. LOL. Anyway, I apologize, and will be sure to look at where I am posting from now on..

    Hey Singers, I have a subscription to Scout(Viking Update) so I guess I will be able to post alot of those articles for everyone here at PPO..

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