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Rampage Isn’t Guilty…Because He Had No Idea What He Was Doing

Yesterday we were somewhat surprised to hear that former UFC champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had pleaded not guilty in his felony hit-and-run, evading police case. Usually when there are pictures of you committing a crime in a monster truck that has your picture on it, your legal options are fairly limited. But Jackson spoke to the OC Register after his arraignment on Thursday and cleared a lot of things up. You see, he only did it because God and the devil were fighting inside his mind. It happens. Oh, and he had also been watching “The Secret,” in addition to not sleeping, eating, or drinking anything other than nutritious energy drinks:

Jackson, a former UFC champion who is one of the biggest names in one of the fastest-growing sports, said he also felt there was a spiritual war going on in his mind between God and the devil when he raced down Newport Boulevard on July 15, leaving a wake of rumpled cars, frightened pedestrians and angry police.

He said he thought he was on a mission to save a friend – who had recently lost his faith in God – and was unaware that he had hit any other cars or was being pursued by a phalanx of police cars.

“I thought I heard the voice of God telling me to go save Brian,” he said in an interview Thursday after his arraignment on two felony evading arrest charges. “I felt if I didn’t get to Brian, he would die.”

Now, he says, he believes he was irrational because of lack of sleep and nutrition.

“What was I thinking?” he said. “l know now that Brian was never in danger. …But I really thought at the time that he was about to die.”

The chase apparently ended in front of friend Brian Talbert’s home. Rampage had spent the night before watching the DVD of “The Secret” over and over again, and then remembered he had loaned a copy to Talbert, and became obsessed with getting to him to make sure he watched it. For those of you unaware, “The Secret” is a completely ridiculous New Age-type philosophy that encourages people to change physical reality through the sheer force of thought. It is, in other words, alchemy for the modern idiot. But wait, this Rampage saga gets weirder:

Jackson also said he was not depressed or worried that he had recently lost his UFC light-heavyweight belt in a fight in early July to contender Forrest Griffen. He said he believed he had won that fight and would get the championship back in a big pay-day rematch.

But he said he was depressed and obsessed after learning that his best friend, who was also one of his employees, had allegedly been cheating him out of money.

Losing the cash, he said, wasn’t as painful as learning that his friend was behind what he called a betrayal. The friend, who he declined to identify, was like a father to him. He said they prayed together and that he felt like they were family.

Jackson said his mind started to obsessively dwell on the betrayal, prompting him to lose his appetite and a lot of sleep.

Obviously, we’re talking about Juanito Ibarra here. Sounds like their split was rooted in prizefighting’s oldest story: manager steals fighter’s money. But wait, how does all that add up to a not guilty plea for Rampage? For that, we turn to Rampage’s lawyer, Carol Lavacot:

Lavacot said that Jackson, because of his mental state, was unaware that he was breaking any laws during the chase.

“The law says you have to have criminal intent. He didn’t have it,” Lavacot said.

“You can analogize this to somebody whose child is dying,” she added. “Are they going to slow down or stop and wait for an ambulance? Or are they going to do everything they can to get that child to the hospital?”

Except it isn’t so much like someone racing down the freeway to save a dying child. It’s more like someone who is jacked up on energy drinks racing down the freeway to save a child that it is perfectly fine. The article also says that Rampage doesn’t recall being chased by the police or hitting other cars, but does remember, “driving over the median, almost hitting a woman at a bus bench on a sidewalk, driving on the wrong side of the road, and that something was wrong with one of his tires.”

So he remembers doing some illegal shit, but not all of it, and that’s why he should be let off the hook. The hell of it is, he says he accepts “full responsibility” for what happened. And yet he’s pleading not guilty. How does that work, exactly? He accepts responsibility, as long as there are no consequences attached? In other words, he’s content to say he’s at fault, but not be treated as such. Should be interesting to see how that argument plays in court.

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Scieleleade- September 21, 2008 at 9:29 am
thats it, bro
Road Apple- September 16, 2008 at 4:54 am
C'mon know what happens to you when you leave it up to the Judges.
alex from miami- September 2, 2008 at 10:31 pm
rampage.. is crazy... but not "not guilty" crazy
tallsforeverybody- August 31, 2008 at 4:15 am
How long before Rampage is penniless walking the streets muttering to himself.

Forrest Griiffin must hit a lot harder than we all thought, huh?
KTFO- August 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm
Somebody better tell numbnuts Johnny Cochran is dead.
mmmiles- August 29, 2008 at 11:51 am
Fortunately Rampage has spent his entire life building a media library of video clips that prove he really is insane. There might be one serious interview in there, but I doubt it.


shutupandfight- August 29, 2008 at 8:29 am
if Jackson actually practiced what he preaches...none of this would have happened.

but he talks one direction and walks the opposite...forked tongue so to speak.

i hope Quinton Jackson get his shit straight...but Rampage Jackson- fuk respect.
mmashooter- August 29, 2008 at 7:52 am
The medical reports following his 72 hour psychiatric evaluation will play a part no doubt, possibly leading to a conclusion of diminished responsibility and temporary insanity.

Rampage's fasting and odd diet could very well have been the trigger for the string of irrational behaviour that culminated in the incidents for which he is being charged. If he was hopped up on 'energy' drinks (notoriously lacking in real nutrition and chock full of stimulants) then that most likely would cause him to "short-circuit".

We'll just have to wait and see what the jury makes of it and, ultimately, how the judge will handle the verdict.
jdt- August 28, 2008 at 10:48 pm
of course the guy plead not guilty. im not sure why everyone is surprised. if he plead guilty he would have faced serious punishment. now that he plead not guilty his lawyer has time to work out some type of deal where he gets fines or probabtion or some easy shit like that.
Vrax- August 28, 2008 at 7:02 pm
So Armbreaker, is it or is not the case that judge's tend to hand down harsher sentences after a not guilty pleading defendant is found guilty, than if that same defendant pleads no contest?

I'm not trying to be ridiculous, but surely Rampage has seen the extent of damning evidence against him. I realize that not guilty pleas allow him to be found to have been temporarily insane, but since he keeps saying he was not insane...

See what I'm asking about? I mean I totally agree with you, if he was trying to plead insanity, totally.
Whoever- August 28, 2008 at 5:27 pm
Without a doubt Dana's money and Rampage's fame will result in nothing more than community service. Which is sad because if any of us did what he did we would be fighting off Bubba the ass-rapist right about now. I just hope you doesn't go too nuts and bites off someone's ear Tyson style and blames it on a vision of Jesus!
Your daddy- August 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm
Dude what do you expect the guy has money? This government and this bullshit system that we have all works around money.. Its not who's right and who's wrong.. its whos got the biggest mother f**kin cash flow and Dana White does not have to worry about this. So its simple guys, plead not guilty.. send dana in to pay him a million dollars and rampage = innocent. Thank god for this country? HAHA :)
Brian Talbert- August 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm
If he got here, he'd have discovered I'd thrown that DVD in the trash...
Armbreaker- August 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm
The comment about a nolo contendere plea is ridiculous. Entering that plea means you are not contesting the charge against you (and you would be subject to the entire range of punishment, including the maximum). I am a criminal defense attorney, and anyone who pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a charge without having a plea bargain agreement in place really is insane. It is every defendant's right to plead "not guilty" and make the State prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The State has the burden of proof in this democracy. I don't practice in California, but in my state the judge or jury can also find a defendant not guilty by reason of insanity.
Anonymous- August 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm
I thought Rampage said he lost a contact.
Vrax- August 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm
Maybe it's not applicable in this case, but I'm pretty sure that "Nolo Contendre, your Honor" should've been Jackson's answer when he was asked for a plea. A no contest plea means "Yes, I did those things. But I do not admit guilt". Which sums up nicely what his lawyer stated.

Cali lawyers, is there some reason Nolo Con, doesn't play here?
Mr. B- August 28, 2008 at 4:22 pm
I would love to be sitting inside the courtroom. I think I know the possible pleas that his attorney would trot out.

Your Honor, my client is bat shit insane.

If you won't buy that arguement, then I submit that the real culprit is the one armed man.

Or conversely that the blame rests soley on Jesus H. Christ. (see bumper sticker, "Jesus is my co-pilot"). .
Geezzuss- August 28, 2008 at 3:34 pm
Looks like the insanity plea without actually saying he is. man, dana better make alot of money on this fighter
Gong- August 28, 2008 at 3:23 pm
It'll be a pretty retarded precedent set if the judge lets him off with this excuse :/