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    Rams defensive end Leonard Little was indicted on charges of persistent drunken driving, nearly two months after police in Ladue arrested him.

    Little pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in an alcohol-related wreck that killed a St. Louis woman in 1998. The latest indictment mirrors charges in a criminal complaint filed against him April 26.

    Little was indicted Wednesday on charges of speeding, and as a persistent offender with felony driving while intoxicated. His lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, said Little would plead innocent.

    Little was arrested on April 24 after police pulled him over for speeding on an interstate. Police said he had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol, failed three roadside sobriety tests and admitted drinking alcohol.

    In the manslaughter case, Little completed a three-month jail sentence, 1,000 hours of community service and four years of probation. He was also suspended without pay for the first half of the 1999 season. Little's blood-alcohol level was nearly twice Missouri's legal limit at the time of the accident.

    Little could face another suspension from the league, which is reviewing the matter under terms of its substance-abuse policy.

    The charge of driving while intoxicated normally is a misdemeanor. If convicted of the felony, Little could face up to four years in prison.

    Little went to his first Pro Bowl after last season and has played with the Rams for his entire six-year career. He was fifth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks last year despite missing a month with a torn pectoral muscle
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    This is just old news rehashed

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      Little indiced.......
      Ouch...that sounds extremely painful!
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        Originally posted by Yodude
        Ouch...that sounds extremely painful!

        Good, maybe a little indicing will help him straighten up.

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        • RamWraith
          Little gets two years probation
          by RamWraith
          By William C. Lhotka
          Of the Post-Dispatch
          05/06/2005

          A judge sentenced Rams defensive end Leonard Little to two years of probation for driving 78 miles an hour on Highway 40 last year in Ladue.

          St. Louis County Circuit Judge Emmett M. O'Brien rejected a request today by prosecutor Mark Bishop that Little get 30 days in jail as shock time. The judge told the Pro Bowl athlete that he is barred from consuming alcoholic beverages as a special condition of probation and a violation would result in a six-month jail sentence.

          On April 1, a jury of 11 women and one man convicted Little of speeding, a misdemeanor, but acquitted him of driving while intoxicated, a felony. Prosecutors had charged Little with the felony because he pleaded guilty in a manslaughter case six years ago in which he admitted he was drunk, In his Lincoln Navigator, he ran a redlight downtown and collided with a car driven by Susan Gutweiler, 47, of Oakville, who was killed.

          Little's 2003 Mercedes was stopped at 3:44 a.m. April, 24, 2004 on Highway 40 near Lindbergh Boulevard. Ladue police officer Gregory Stork said he clocked Little at 78 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone.

          Stork alleged that Little flunked three field sobriety tests. At Little's trial, defense attorney Scott Rosenblum put the officer on trial during three hours of cross-examination on March 31 and in closing arguments on April 1. Rosenblum said a back-up police officer contradicted Stork about Little's actions at the time of his arrest and Stork failed to follow proper procedures in administering the tests.

          Bishop had argued that Little refused to take a breath analysis test at the Ladue police station because he was drunk. Little used ``the two beers defense'' that night, Bishop said. Whenever drunks are stopped by police, they, like Little. always say they had two beers, Bishop told the jury.

          In sentencing Little, O'Brien told the football player: ``I'm told you do not intend to drink and drive, or consume any alcoholic beverages. If you fulfill your promise, you will have no problems.''
          -05-06-2005, 03:28 PM
        • RamWraith
          Missouri Supreme Court refuses to throw out charge against Little
          by RamWraith
          Dec. 21, 2004
          SportsLine.com wire reports

          ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Leonard Little's request to have a felony drunken driving charge thrown out, declining comment on his claim that the law behind the count is unconstitutional.


          Attorneys for the Rams defensive end argued that under Missouri law, a jury, not as a judge, should have decided whether Little is a persistent offender, given his previous conviction in a 1998 drunken-driving wreck that killed a woman.

          The prosecutor, Mark Bishop, countered in legal filings that a St. Louis County judge and the Missouri Court of Appeals have rejected Little's claims, and that Missouri's high court should do the same.

          Among other things, Little argued that U.S. Supreme Court rulings since 2000 relating to a defendant's constitutional right to a jury trial applied in his case.

          Little is scheduled to go to on trial March 28 on charges that he was driving under the influence and speeding when stopped by police early on the morning of April 24 in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue. Police said he was traveling 78 mph in a 55-mph zone.

          Police say he failed three field sobriety tests.

          In 1998, Little pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a St. Louis crash that killed Susan Gutweiler. Little's blood-alcohol level was nearly twice Missouri's legal limit.

          Little completed a three-month jail sentence, 1,000 hours of community service and four years of probation. He also was suspended without pay for the first half of the 1999 season.

          Little went to his first Pro Bowl after last season, when he was fifth in the NFL with 12 1/2 sacks. This season, Little leads the Rams with 5 sacks and his 61-yard fumble return accounted for the Rams' only score in Sunday's 31-7 loss at Arizona.

          The NFL has said Little, if convicted, could face another suspension under terms of its substance-abuse policy.
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          -12-21-2004, 07:42 PM
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          AP Reports Little innocent
          by Guest
          Little Found Innocent of Drunken Driving
          The Associated Press
          Friday, April 01, 2005
          St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little was found innocent of drunken driving Friday by a St. Louis County Circuit jury.

          Jurors ruled that Little was speeding at the time of his arrest April 24 on Interstate 64 in a St. Louis suburb. He will be sentenced on that charge May 6.

          The verdict assures Little that he will not be considered a persistent offender, which had been a possibility under the charges. Little pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 1999 in the death of 47-year-old Susan Gutweiler. His blood-alcohol level was nearly twice Missouri's legal limit at the time of the crash.

          Little served three months in jail, completed 1,000 hours of community service and four years of probation for the earlier crime. He was also suspended without pay for the first half of the 1999 season.

          Little had 46 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and recovered four fumbles last season. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2003.
          -04-01-2005, 07:16 PM
        • RamDez
          Little trial sure to spark debate
          by RamDez
          Little trial sure to spark debate
          By William C. Lhotka
          Post-Dispatch
          Saturday, Mar. 26 2005

          The trial of Rams defensive end Leonard Little on allegations of drunken
          driving and speeding in Ladue is set to begin Monday with jury selection that
          may take as long as the presentation of evidence and arguments.

          To the sports fan, Little is the stalwart who has anchored the left side of the
          Rams' defensive line and made the Pro Bowl.

          Beyond the sports pages, Little was the obscure rookie linebacker who in
          October 1998 drove his Lincoln Navigator through a red light downtown and
          collided with a car driven by Susan Gutweiler, 47, of Oakville, who was killed.

          In June 1999, Little admitted he had been drunk that night and pleaded guilty
          of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 1,000 hours
          of community service and four years of probation. That prompted a public debate
          over whether the penalty was enough - and whether Little got favored treatment.

          It is the Gutweiler death that makes this week's prosecution of Little in St.
          Louis County Circuit Court a major case.

          A Missouri law passed in 2001 says a person accused of drunken driving can be
          charged as a persistent offender if there is a prior manslaughter conviction.
          So instead of facing a municipal ordinance violation or a state misdemeanor
          charge, which are common in DUI cases, Little is charged with a felony that
          carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

          While the charge is a felony only because of the prior conviction, prosecutor
          Mark Bishop cannot mention the Gutweiler case in court. Judge Emmett M. O'Brien
          barred it in an order sought by defense attorneys Scott Rosenblum and John
          Rogers.

          "Defense motion to exclude references to prior bad acts, uncharged conduct and
          inflammatory hearsay . . . specifically any reference to defendant's arrest,
          plea and sentence in St. Louis . . . is sustained," O'Brien wrote in an order
          issued Wednesday.

          Legal experts say Bishop has one way around the order. He could use the
          conviction to attack Little's credibility, if Little testifies.

          Little, 30, of St. Charles, pleaded not guilty of the charges at his
          arraignment.

          Questioning of prospective jurors is expected to follow two main themes - how
          much each knows about the prior case and how much each knows about Little's
          football prowess - and whether either would stand in the way of a fair verdict.
          In high-profile cases, potential jurors often are questioned individually at
          the judge's bench, outside the earshot of the others. The process in this case
          is expected to be lengthy.

          The key prosecution witness in the trial...
          -03-26-2005, 07:10 AM
        • ZigZagRam
          Post-Dispatch Article - Little Acquitted
          by ZigZagRam
          Leonard Little is acquitted of DUI
          B Y WILLIAM C. LHOTKA
          Of the Post-Dispatch
          Friday, Apr. 01 2005

          A jury in St. Louis County Circuit Court acquitted Rams defensive end Leonard
          Little on Friday of drunk driving Highway 40 last year in Ladue.

          Little cried as the verdict was read in St. Louis County Circuit Court. He
          hugged his attorney, Scott Rosenblum, before collapsing to the floor.

          Rosenblum helped him up joking, "You're too big to pick up," as Little got back
          to his feet.

          Little was convicted on the lesser charge of speeding. Had he been convicted of
          the felony charge of driving while intoxicated, he would have faced up to four
          years in prison.

          Little's 2003 Mercedes was stopped at 3:44 a.m. on April 24 on Highway 40 near
          Lindbergh Boulevard. Officer Gregory Stork said he clocked Little at 78 mph.
          Little flunked three field sobriety tests, Stork claimed.

          Stork was the main prosecution witness against Little - and Rosenblum put the
          officer on trial during three hours of cross-examination on Thursday and in
          closing arguments on Friday.

          Prosecutor Mark Bishop told the jury of 11 women and one man that Little put on
          "the two beers defense. He drank so many beers that night, he doesn't remember
          how many."

          Whenever a police officer stops someone who is drunk and asks that person how
          much they had been drinking, they usually get the answer: "two beers," Bishop
          said.

          In an audiotape, Little first tells Stork he had two beers, and later he says
          he doesn't remember. Little refused a breathalyzer test at the Ladue Police
          Station that would have shown his blood alcohol content.

          In alleging Little was drunk and noting that a refusal to take the test means
          an automatic revocation, Bishop said: "He would rather give up his drivers
          license for a full calendar year than take the test."

          Rosenblum portrayed Stork as a "sheep in wolf's clothing," who appeared to be a
          nice guy but had an agenda of making as many DWI arrests as he could.

          In his testimony Thursday, Stork admitted that the sobriety tests he
          administered to Little varied from established police procedures. Using Stork's
          testimony in a license revocation hearing 19 days before Little's arrest,
          Rosenblum impeached Stork's trial testimony at least four times.

          On Friday, the only defense witness that Rosenblum called was Ladue Officer
          Keneth Andreski who was Stork's backup when Little was arrested and was
          standing five feet from the defendant when Little was given the sobriety tests.

          Stork had testified that Little was windmilling his...
          -04-01-2005, 07:30 PM
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