Lawrence Taylor Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges

July 13, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

Former NFL superstar Lawrence Taylor plead not guilty to rape charges early Tuesday morning.  Taylor was charged after he was arrested on May 6 in a New York hotel.

Media swarmed outside the Rockland County Courthouse, as Taylor made his escape with his wife Lynette.  A car was waiting for the former New York Giants linebacker, and he made a quick get-away before answering one question concerning if he was looking forward to his day in court.

“Hopefully it don’t go that far,” Taylor said.

The 1986 NFL MVP is charged with soliciting a 16-year old runaway for prostitution.  The prosecution will argue that the girl was able to lead local authorities to Taylor’s hotel room, and was also able to turn in her pimp to police.  The man accused of being the pimp has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Taylor’s lead council, Arthur Aidala, denies that Taylor had ever seen the victim before, and did not know the man charged of being her pimp.  DA Patricia Gunning requested a six-month extension of the protection order that requires Taylor to stay away from the victim.  Aidala argued that order vigorously.

“It is Mr. Taylor’s position that this person is an absolute stranger to him and he doesn’t know who this person is,” Aidala said.

“Then he should stay away from this person he doesn’t know,” shot back judge William Nelson.

Nelson granted the extension, and after some objection, Taylor signed the order.  Taylor’s next court date is set for August 3, but he won’t have to show his face in the court room until August 24.  The trial is set to begin this winter, and Taylor faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Aidala didn’t reveal his strategy to defend Taylor, and said new evidence continually changes his approach.

“We are getting more and more evidence coming in literally on a daily basis, so our strategies and our theories continue to develop,” Aidala said.

The three-time NFL defensive player of the year has been soft spoken on the incident, and has been notably affected according to his agent, Mark Lepselter.

“He’s been very subdued for the past two months from the day back in May,” Lepselter said. “I haven’t seen him like this. Mentally he’s trying to get through it.”

USA sportsbooks have set the Giants chances of winning the NFC East at +275.  Pre-season odd for the Giants to win the 2010 NFC Championship are set at +1000, and they are set among the underdogs to win Super Bowl XLV at +2500.

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