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Prosecutors ask for delay in Matt Barnes case

Sep 14, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Mbarnes.jpgSacramento prosecutors have asked for a one-month delay before having to file charges against Barnes following a domestic violence arrest.

The new court date is Oct. 18, according to News 10 in Sacramento, which falls during Lakers training camp.

The delay request was “not unusual. We do it all the time,” Deputy Sacramento County District Attorney Paul Durenberger said.

However, Barnes’ attorney Tom Johnson said the delay was absolutely “not typical. It’s a little atypical, but we applaud the decision to do some more investigation and to look thoughtfully and carefully at this decision. We feel fortunate that they’ve come to the conclusion at this point that there isn’t probable cause to charge (Barnes).”

The DA is right on this count. I will tell you from my days long ago as a court reporter that delays and requests for delays by attorneys may be the most common thing in our judicial system. That and bad egg salad sandwiches in courthouse cafeterias.

The Lakers open camp on Sept. 28 and have preseason games Oct. 16, 17 and 19, all in Southern California.

Barnes was arrested last week on charges of domestic violence after police came out to his Sacramento home following a 911 call that was cut short. Police found both Barnes and his fiancé Gloria Govan injured, determined Barnes was the aggressor and arrested him. Both Barnes that night and Govan the next day said there was nothing to this.

  1. Shock Exchange - Sep 14, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Jay Mariotti, Matt Barnes and now Floyd Mayweather and CJ Watson triangle … What gives? R&B Singer Johnny Taylor wrote a song titled “Who was making love to your ‘ol lady, while you was out making love”. 40 years later, the game is still the same —–> http://clicky.me/1n17

  2. Shock Exchange - Sep 14, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Jay Mariotti, Floyd Mayweather and now Matt Barnes. R&B Singer Johnny Taylor wrote a song about relationships. 40 years later, the game is still the same —–> http://clicky.me/1n17

  3. Van Lewis - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Hello All,
    If the participants in the conflict deny anything serious, why does the police want to make so much of it?
    We have got to rain in some of the power of the police.

  4. CHERYL - Sep 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    FIST OF ALL WHY CALL THE POLICE WHEN YOU KNOW THE NEXT DAY YOU WILL BE TOGETHER AGAIN SO WHY DONT SHE GIVE UP ON HER GRAVY TRAIN AND MOVE ON B-CAUSE IF YOU ARE HAVING THESE KIND OF FIGHTS YOU OR THE KIDS SHOULD NOT BE SUBMITTED TO THAT.

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