Burress indicted

August 3, 2009 2:15:27 PM PDT
So would Plaxico Burress have been treated less harshly if he hadn't been a star professional football player?

His lawyer certainly makes that case - this as the former New York Giants star was indicted today for weapons charges and reckless endangerment.

He shot himself, accidentally, at a nightclub in Manhattan last fall. He was carrying his own gun - registered in Florida (although that registration had reportedly lapsed) but not registered in New York. (The Senate just poo-poohed gun owners' being able to take a legally licensed concealed gun from one state to another, despite heavy lobbying by the NRA.)

Not indicted - some say surprisingly - was Burress' former teammate, Antonio Pierce, who took the fired weapon and didn't turn it in to authorities.

The Giants, not surprisingly, hailed the grand jury's decision to leave Pierce alone.

We'll have the latest on the indictment - and the many years Burress could spend behind bars - tonight at 11.

VOTE: Should Plaxico Burress go to prison if convicted?

We're also following the latest developments into that horrific crash on the Taconic Parkway the weekend before last. There are still few answers as to why a mother was driving the wrong way on the Parkway - in Westchester County's deadliest crash in decades. Eight people were killed.

We'll also have the latest on the fascinating politics at play in the upcoming vote on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Sen. John McCain now says he'll vote against the native New Yorker's nomination. Said McCain: "I cannot support activist judges that seek to legislate from the bench. I have not supported such nominees in the past and I cannot support such nominees to the highest court in the land."

He's one of several Republicans who say they won't vote for Sotomayor - and it will be the first time that Sens. McConnell, Hatch, Grassley or McCain have not voted for a nominee. Ever.

And yet, those four Senators - the White House points out - voted for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a staff attorney for the ACLU and who was nominated by President Clinton.

Go figure.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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