Robbery Charges Dropped Against Tennessee's Janzen Jackson
Now, charges against Jackson and the woman driving the 2010 Toyota Prius, Marie Montmarquet, have both had their attempted armed robbery charges dropped.
"The investigation and careful review of all relevant evidence failed to show ... Ms. Montmarquet or Mr. Jackson had prior knowledge that the attempted robbery was going to take place and were unaware something had occurred until after they pulled out of the Pilot store," according to the DA's statement.
"Therefore, there is an insufficient legal basis to continue a prosecution against them.
"Both Ms. Montmarquet and Mr. Jackson cooperated with the Knoxville Police Department from the time they were pulled over and voluntarily responded to police questioning. Their statements assisted the investigation and were consistent with the other evidence developed."
Lane Kiffin has yet to announce whether Jackson will be permitted to play in Tennessee's final regular-season game at Kentucky Saturday. The 6-5 Vols will be looking for their 25th consecutive victory in a row over the Wildcats.
In the meantime, Jackson, a five-star recruit who Kiffin believed was on his way to being named a first-team freshman All American, remains barred from all team activities. Since Jackson's removal from the lineup, the Tennessee defense, beset with injuries, has played its three worst games of the season in succession.
So Kiffin has a decision. Is a two-game suspension for being arrested and charged with a crime the district attorney now says he didn't commit, sufficient punishment for putting himself into a situation that leads to an arrest? Or does he deserve further punishment?
In the meantime, one things remains certain, Janzen Jackson remains guilty of riding around in a 2010 Toyota Prius with a fat girl.
A crime for which, no matter how great the defense attorney, there is no defense.