Michigan Wolverines: legal matters

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has his first court date set for Aug. 28, the Tuesday before the Wolverines open their season against Alabama, according to reports in the Detroit Free Press and AnnArbor.com.

Toussaint will be charged with one count of OWI stemming from his arrest on July 21 in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to the reports. At the time of his arrest, Toussaint allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .12, higher than the legal limit of .08.

He will be arraigned in 14A-4 District Court in Saline, Mich.

Toussaint remains suspended from Michigan’s football team, although second-year Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said Sunday he would start practicing with the team today. He had been held out of the team’s practices the first week of the season.

The redshirt junior gained 1,041 yards last season and was expected to be Michigan’s starting running back this fall. Hoke has not made a decision on when Toussaint’s suspension will be lifted or if he will be available for the Wolverines’ Sept. 1 game against Alabama.

Should Toussaint not be available against Alabama, it is likely sophomore Thomas Rawls will see the majority of carries in his place.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan wide receiver Jerald Robinson pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor malicious destruction of property charge in the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor.

Robinson, 20, agreed to plead guilty under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which is a guilty plea without a conviction so he would not have a criminal record.

Robinson, who according to the police report was driving a gray Dodge Charger, broke a parking gate at 351 S. Fifth Avenue, which is a parking lot owned by Republic Parking, on Feb. 4.

“I lifted the parking gate,” Robinson told the court. “Lifted it to the point where it was broke.”

The maximum penalty for the charge is one year in jail and $2,000 fine or three times the amount of destruction, which his attorney, Douglas Lewis, estimated at about $414. Lewis said in court, though, that restitution in the matter was still open.

The case report obtained through an open records request said Michael Bandy, the operations assistant manager for Republic Parking, deemed the damages at $414.40, including $389.40 in “unrecoverable revenue” and $25 for “gate repair.”

Robinson, a redshirt sophomore who is expected to contend for a starting wide receiver position in the fall, is next due in court for sentencing on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.

Michigan begins practicing for the 2012 football season today.


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