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Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing

Posted: December 21, 2014 2:41 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2014 2:41 p.m.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, right, and his attorney David Cornwell arrive at Florida State's Materials Research building for his student code on conduct hearing on Dec. 2 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, right, and his attorney David Cornwell arrive at Florida State's Materials Research building for his student code on conduct hearing on Dec. 2 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, right, and his attorney David Cornwell arrive at Florida State's Materials Research building for his student code on conduct hearing on Dec. 2 in Tallahassee, Fla.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday.

Former Florida Supreme Court judge Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof." A prosecutor made a similar decision a year ago when he decided not to criminally charge Winston, citing a lack of evidence.

This month, the hearing was to determine whether Winston violated four sections of the code of conduct — two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment.

The ramifications for Winston ranged from a reprimand to expulsion from school.

The woman can request an appeal within five days.

Florida State president John Thrasher said in a statement that the university selected Harding to remove any doubt about the integrity of the process.

"He conducted a thorough Student Conduct Code hearing and reviewed more than 1,000 pages of evidence generated by three other investigations, and we would like to thank him sincerely for his service," Thrasher said.

The woman's lawyers did not immediately respond to messages left by AP.

Florida State faces Oregon in the College Football Playoffs semifinal on Jan. 1.

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