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Delone Carter Update

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Delone Carter was due back in Syracuse City Court this afternoon for a Pretrial Conference. We learned that this appearance was cancelled at his attorney's request, and currently don't know when the next date will be.

What does this mean? Well, it could be a number of things. My initial reaction was that there's still not a deal worked out with the District Attorney's Office, and Carter & his lawyer wanted more time to work that out. But, typically, the Pretrial Conference is actually that opportunity to engage in plea negotiations. So that might mean that Carter is still gathering evidence or doing something else to put together a package for the DA. In other words, maybe he's not done with that 200 hours of community service that he reportedly will have to do to get back into school -- and he wants to negotiate with the DA having completed that. And quite frankly, I think he gets a better deal if the DA knows that he's back in full standing with the University.

A fair number of my criminal cases also have a companion family court case, both arising out of the same incident (DV or some visitation issue or whatnot). I often delay the criminal case as much as possible until the family court case is resolved, so then I can go to the DA and say "this was really a family court issue, and it's all resolved now, so please give my client a break." This could be the Delone Carter strategy.

Or, a very plausible explanation is that Carter's lawyer was double-booked today or on vacation. Lawyers are people, too.

As more information becomes available on the status of the case, Orange::44 will keep you updated on what it all means, so keep coming back!

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