Jason Shapiro, a criminal defense attorney for 22 years and a Terps football season-ticket holder from Howard County, said he will represent Maryland running back Wes Brown.
Brown is accused of second-degree assault on a Baltimore Police detective who hoped to question him as a “person of interest” in a non-fatal shooting investigation. Police say Brown’s car was linked to the shooting.
Shapiro said in an interview: “I don’t believe, from what I hear, that he has criminal culpability in Baltimore City.”
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Shapiro said he is still obtaining and studying the facts in the assault case. Brown is accused of shoving the police detective on July 3 in College Park. He's also accused of stealing a fellow Maryland student's cell phone and using it to record his exchange with police.
“I’m looking forward to getting full discovery because I believe when Wes has a chance to tell his side of what happened, I believe we have a good defense to the allegations that were raised,” Shapiro said.
The Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office is also reviewing the case. A spokesman said in an email Friday that it’s uncertain if Brown will be indicted -- that would be a private procedure before a grand jury -- or whether he will face a preliminary hearing in open court. A hearing has tentatively been scheduled for July 31.
Shapiro is a former president of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association. He said he is a Maryland season-ticket holder who rarely misses games at Byrd Stadium.