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Jacobs Wants Plax Free

Jacobs talked to reporters about Plaxico Burress (via the NY Daily News)

With the people they’ve got running around on the street, I don’t think that someone like him should be convicted for what he’s done,” Jacobs said earlier today. “He didn’t hurt anyone but himself. We’ve got murderers and killers and rapists and everything else that’s running around the streets now. But you know, it is a messed up world and a messed up country and you never know what they’ll do.”

It might be a while before anyone knows “what they’ll do” because Burress is only scheduled to enter a plea in a Manhattan court on Tuesday to charges of second-degree criminal possession of a loaded and unlicensed weapon. The charge, stemming from the infamous incident in November when he shot himself in the leg, could carry a sentence as long as 15 years.

Nobody seems to think Burress will get anywhere near that much, but right now it’s all just speculation. The Giants have apparently made a point to stay out of the legal situation, possibly to avoid the appearance of interference, so they’re in the dark about any potential outcome. And it’s not known if Burress’s lawyers and the Manhattan District Attorneys have attempted to strike a plea bargain.

Jacobs, for his part, seemed outraged that Burress was being prosecuted at all.

“There are a lot more people on the streets that authorities should try and get,” Jacobs said. “Certainly not someone like him that isn’t a criminal, who just for one night got paranoid for some reason, whatever that reason was, and made a mistake.”

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