Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill appeared in Issaquah municipal court on Wednesday for a scheduled pretrial hearing in front of Judge N. Scott Stewart. Hill faces a misdemeanor charge of assault for his role in a domestic dispute at his Issaquah home on April 10.
Hill’s attorney, Jon Fox, submitted a motion asking for a continuance, which was granted. Another pretrial hearing has been scheduled for June 11 at 9 a.m.
According to a representative of the municipal court, a victim’s advocate asked on behalf of the victim that a no-contact order keeping Hill away from the victim be lifted. Hill’s attorney agreed with the request, but the prosecutor did not, and Stewart determined the order will remain in place.
Keeping a close eye on the matter on the other side of the country is Brian Fortner, solicitor-general for Douglas County, Ga.
Hill’s run-in with the law in April was his second in a little more than a year. And it came just 10 days after he received a sentence of 12 months probation for misdemeanor drug possession for a Jan. 24, 2009 incident in which he was found asleep at the wheel by police in suburban Atlanta and had marijuana in his car.
Fortner said Wednesday that if prosecutors in Issaquah move forward with their case against Hill, he will likely file a motion to revoke Hill’s probation, which would include a hearing that would require Hill’s presence in court in Douglas County.
“I would say the odds are now that we are probably going to move forward to remove his probation,” Fortner said. “It doesn’t mater who you are, you need to be on your best behavior. That’s the reality.”
Fortner said he will continue to monitor the situation, talking with prosecutors in Issaquah in the near future in order to help make his decision.
“We’ve been in contact with them and we are expecting to hear from them this week to help determine exactly what we are going to do,” Fortner said. “It’s disappointing that he got that charge that soon, so he’s probably going to have to come here to Georgia to account for his behavior.”
NO SPYGATE MONEY
NFL fans miffed by the New England Patriots’ secret videotaping of their opponents’ signals can boycott games or team merchandise, but they can’t seek legal damages for “Spygate,” a U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia ruled.
The appeals panel upheld a district judge’s ruling that dismissed the suit by lawyer Carl Mayer, a New York Jets season-ticket holder from Princeton, N.J.
Mayer had argued that fans spent large sums to see games that were essentially rigged, and he sought $185 million in damages for Jets fans alone. The 3rd Circuit Court didn’t buy it.
The Seahawks formally announced the signing of veteran quarterback J.P. Losman to a one-year deal. Seattle also signed tight end Michael Allen. To make room for those two players, the team released tight end Patrick Devenny and wide receiver Victor James. Also the Hawks released last year’s No. 3 quarterback Mike Teel. Teel didn’t appear in any regular season games, but in preseason he was 20-of-41 passing for 248 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.… Brandon Marshall will be sidelined until at least the start of Miami Dolphins training camp while he recovers from an undisclosed surgery. Dolphins coach Tony Sparano would not disclose the nature of the surgery, saying only that it was something the team did not expect when it acquired the wide receiver from Denver. … Restricted free-agent safety Danieal Manning, a valuable special-teams player for the Chicago Bears, has signed his one-year tender offer from the team. Chicago also signed defensive end Corey Wootton, a fourth-round pick out of Northwestern, to a four-year deal. … Veteran journeyman guard Matt McChesney retired after suffering an ankle injury in a golf cart accident last month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.