In what can only be described as another bizarre development in this story, Katina Powell's attorney, Larry Wilder, gave an interview to ESPN 680's Jason Anderson this afternoon. According to Anderson, Wilder said he has advised his client against speaking with the NCAA and the University of Louisville unless they can guarantee her immunity from criminal prosecution. Wait, what the what? This doesn't make a lot of sense to me on several levels. It would seem to me that Powell's attorney is trying to leverage any influence the University of Louisville wields in this city to help his client avoid criminal prosecution.
First and foremost, neither the NCAA nor UofL have the power to grant Katina Powell immunity from criminal prosecution. The decision on whether or not to prosecute someone is within the sound discretion of a prosecutor. Second, despite what University officials have said in public statements, I can't imagine they want Powell speaking to the NCAA. Think about it. Powell's book and her public appearances are already out there. What more could she have to offer? It just doesn't seem plausible to me that she would have anything of substance to offer that she can also prove. If that were the case, it would've been included in the book or her public appearances.
Even if you assume the University of Louisville has the influence and power to convince the Commonwealth's Attorney to grant Powell immunity, which they don't, why would they do it? This story has now spun into the realm of national news. So what? The Commonwealth's Attorney is gonna forego prosecuting someone who may have committed crimes against children just so the NCAA can nail a college basketball program? Sure, and I'm the Queen of England.
Just to recap here:
1) Neither Louisville nor the NCAA can grant Powell immunity from prosecution; and
2) I find it highly unlikely that Powell has any additional credible information to offer. If that were the case, why wouldn't you include that information in your "tell all" book?
ESPN 680 will air the full interview this afternoon at 3:20. You can listen to the interview below.