- The Washington Times - Friday, January 13, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The trial of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, which had been scheduled for Tuesday in Miami, has been continued for a third time, allowing Taylor to continue playing as long as the team remains in the playoffs.

The trial before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mary Barzee is now set for March20. However, both Taylor’s attorney, Edward Carhart, and state’s attorney Michael Grieco are due to appear before Barzee on Jan.27 for a report. At that time, it is possible the state of Florida may decide to alter the felony assault or battery charges against Taylor or bring new charges.

Taylor is accused of pointing a gun at someone in a dispute in June involving a possibly stolen vehicle. Under Florida law, Taylor, 22, faces a mandatory minimum three-year sentence and a maximum 16 years if convicted of the felony.

Grieco had objected to the continuance if the Redskins’ season ended with a loss against the Seahawks today, arguing Taylor would be free to concentrate on the trial. But Barzee was forced to make a decision on the continuance yesterday, before knowing the Redskins’ fate, because courts are closed Monday to observe Martin Luther King Day.

Barzee also rejected a request by the state to prevent Taylor from leaving Miami-Dade County during the offseason.

David Elfin

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