Although many are confident that the reason Tony Stewart’s case has recently been announced as progressing to the Grand Jury is because he’s soon to face charges, many aren’t so sure. As speculation has come about, so have many good points relating to the case and why, even if the investigation yielded no results, the case would have trodden down this path.
As announced by Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney Michael Tantillo:
Over the past several weeks, I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department their investigation, as it progressed, in the Tony Stewart matter. Recently, that office concluded its work and forwarded the complete case file to me.
Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter.
Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near future.
Needless to say, since that time, many have been sent reeling as to what possible evidence was uncovered prompting the DA to send this to Grand Jury. After all, it is his right to drop the case if he discovers it not worth pursuing, right?
In an article written by Jeremy Elliott of PennLive however, the reasoning that Tantillo took this route may not be as obvious as some are claiming. In the piece, he describes, “This is a sensitive case, and Tantillo is in a tough spot. If he would have made a decision instead of sending the matter to a second entity — in this case a grand jury consisting of 23 people — it could have been detrimental to him.”
Further describing the political aspect of the case, Elliot notes, “If Tantillo, who is serving his seventh four-year term, presses charges — he had that option — he could have been accused of wanting to make a statement at a celebrity’s expense. If he drops the case, some may think he is showing favoritism to a celebrity.”
Now obviously its now even worth bringing up what evidence the Ontario investigation may have yielded, but what do you guys think – could this be headed to the Grand Jury because of political and public ramifications or because they may have found evidence? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.