No trial date for Aqib Talib yet

If Aqib Talib was hoping his right for a speedy trial could bring a conclusion to his sordid legal situation before training camp, he might have lost out.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback, who faces a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly squeezing off some shots at his sister’s boyfriend, hasn’t moved any closer to a trial for the March 21 incident. He faces the potential of serving up to 20 years behind bars.

Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times reports that an announcement hearing is scheduled for June 30, but no trial date has been set at this point. Speculation is the NFL’s lockout could be resolved within the next four weeks. When that happens it will be interesting to see how the league handles Talib, who has a history of well-documented legal issues and behavior problems.

"We are still discussing the case,'' Talib’s attorney Frank Perez told Stroud.

While players believe they should not be subject to discipline for incidents occurring during the lockout, the NFL surely will desire to come down on Talib. More important to Talib than a quick trial right now has to be a trial he can win -- or one where he can achieve the best possible legal outcome.

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