The Department of Justice (DoJ) recently declined to prosecute Ray Epps as per the article published by GodzillaNewz. The DoJ instead requested that the case be dropped and Epps be spared prosecution.
In a surprising turn of events, the DoJ has now changed its stance by indicting Ray Epps and seeking a term of prison for him. It is not clear what led to this sudden shift in stance and why the DoJ has now decided to prosecute Epps.
Ray Epps was initially the target of a federal investigation into alleged corruption charges in the Bay Area of California. He was accused of having ties to Kenneth Routledge, a suspected mob boss and drug kingpin operating in the area. However, further investigation found no evidence linking Epps to any criminal activity.
This is the point where the DoJ initially stepped in and chose to exercise its prosecutorial discretion in declining to file any criminal charges against Epps. An agreement was also reached between Epps and the DoJ that protected his public reputation and allowed him to avoid any jail time. Understandably, Epps and his legal team were relieved that the case had been successfully handled.
It is now almost a year later and for reasons that remain unclear, the DoJ has decided to seek criminal charges against Epps. They are now seeking to have Epps serve at least two years in prison, and the case has been scheduled for trial in the coming months.
This development has left many legal experts scratching their heads in confusion, as the DoJ’s entire stance on the matter has suddenly changed. The sudden shift in policy has fueled speculations in legal circles of some inner workings within the DoJ which led to the sudden change in stance.
All things considered, Ray Epps may now have to face some hard decisions ahead of the trial. He will have to choose how he wishes to proceed and what kind of strategic legal defense tactics to pursue. Whatever his decision, one thing remains certain: his legal troubles are far from over.