Decision Will Be Made Today on Whether to Charge Moses

From Associated Press

Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses should learn today whether criminal charges will be filed against him.

Deputy City Attorney Mike Wilkinson said Thursday that the city attorney's office had not reached a decision whether to charge Moses with soliciting prostitution and possessing marijuana, but will come to a decision today.

Moses, 29, of Laguna Hills, was one of 82 people arrested Sunday during a vice squad sweep in Hollywood. Police, who said they found a small amount of marijuana in his car, booked him for investigation of soliciting a plainclothes policewoman, and released him on his own recognizance.

Police Chief Daryl Gates and the city attorney's office issued a statement Thursday saying there has been no unusual delay in determining whether the misdemeanor charges should be filed.

"The Edwin Moses case is being processed in the same manner as the other arrests in the Hollywood Trick Task Force Operation," the statement said.

At a news conference Tuesday, the 400-meter hurdles winner in the 1976 and 1984 Olympics proclaimed his innocence, saying in a prepared statement that he was "mortified by the events of the last few days," and "after an investigation, authorities will see they're mistaken."

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