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Civil Suit Filed Against Shaun Rogers

Shaun Rogers started out the week with good news, as he came off the PUP list and returned to the practice field for the first time in a long time.  That run of good news continued when it came out that Rogers probably would see in-game action on Saturday in Indianapolis.  With the good, there is always the bad as well, and for Rogers, that is definitely true.

Although all charges were dropped against Shaun Rogers last month after being accused of sexual assault, the alleged victim in that case has filed a civil suit against the Lions defensive tackle.  This isn't surprising at all considering a civil suit is much easier to win than a criminal case.  Also no surprise is who is representing the woman accusing Rogers.

In a letter dated that day, Geoffrey Fieger's law firm informed Rogers' agent, Kennard McGuire, that it intended to file a civil suit within two weeks. Fieger is a Southfield attorney well-known for handling high-profile cases.

Fieger associate William J. McHenry pointed out July 24 that the burden of proof in a civil case was not the same as in a criminal prosecution.

"Apparently the prosecutor thought they couldn't prove something beyond a reasonable doubt," he said. "But the burden of a civil case is basically: Who do you believe?"


Rogers is still focused on football only though.  When asked about this issue, his response was that he was here for football and nothing else.