The attorney representing the accuser in the Jameis Winston sexual assault case criticized the Tallahassee Police Department and State Attorney's Office on Friday, saying they did not sufficiently investigate the Heisman Trophy favorite.
At a press conference in Zephyrhills, Fla., Patricia Carroll was specifically critical of medical records released to the press, claiming they were intentionally redacted, though the family's copy includes more evidence of a rape.
"They are significantly different," she said. "There is no reason why the state would redact the injuries of the victim … There is no reason this would be redacted. In fact, I specifically requested (non-redacted) documents."
Carroll called the police department's investigation "significantly flawed." She also said her client was "a reluctant victim" but always felt she should pursue charges.
"At no time has the victim in this case ever signed a waiver of prosecution," she said.
Carroll criticized Tallahassee police for allegedly obtaining search warrants on the victim, rather than Winston, in the days after the alleged incident. She also said DNA tests were unreliable.
Investigators have said that witnesses accounted the two had consensual sex.
Carroll, who said they are not pursuing a civil lawsuit, also had harsh words for Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs.
"When the state attorney's office took this case, they had an opportunity to go back and check this investigation out from the beginning to end and notice the bulk of it was into the rape victim," she said. "They could have done a search warrant for Mr. Winston's phone records and text messages. They had an opportunity to get phone, the texts, and the other guy, and they did not do that."
On Dec. 5, Meggs announced Winston would not face charges. The state opened the case after media reports. The state attorney also found there were too many gaps in the accuser's story.
According to investigators, the accuser didn't identify Winston until about a month after the alleged assault.
Carroll is calling for Attorney General Pam Bondi to conduct an independent review of thestate attorney's office and police department.
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