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LA City Attorney will not file charges against Aldon Smith for bomb threat

The LA City Attorney has decided not to file charges against Aldon Smith for his alleged bomb threat at LAX. We break down what this means.

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Fooch's Update: The City Attorney's office will schedule a July 30 hearing to address the matter. Matt Maiocco had this information:

The hearing is administered by members of the City Attorney’s office in which all parties are scheduled to attend to give their account of the incident, according to Frank Mateljan of the City Attorney’s office.

“The individuals are their admonished about the applicable laws and given suggestions on how to avoid similar incidents in the future,” Mateljan said via email. “While the City Attorney reserves the right to file charges up to one year following the incident, no further action is scheduled beyond the office hearing.”

It would appear the Aldon Smith and the San Francisco 49ers have cleared one legal hurdle. The LA City Attorney tweeted out that they will not file charges against Smith for his alleged bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport. Smith was arrested at LAX on April 13 for making a false report of a bomb threat. The case was investigated by the police, and eventually transferred to the Los Angeles City Attorney for misdemeanor consideration. That happened on April 24, and two months later, we finally have resolution. There will be some kind of hearing for the City Attorney to address the matter, but this more or less puts this behind Smith.

The whole situation was a little bizarre from the get-go. There was some video that was grainy and not entirely clear. The airport police spokesperson said someone indicated Smith might have been drinking, but then never made reference to that again. We don't really know all the details. My guess is this is one of those shades of grey thing, where Aldon might have said something stupid, and a TSA agent proceeded to overreact to the situation. I'm sure I could be wrong, but this strikes me as a situation of nobody was really totally in the right in this. Whatever the case, hopefully Smith has learned to just stay silent and not do anything stupid when going through airport security.

The LAX incident is now in the past, but there is still the July 25 sentencing hearing for the weapons possession and DUI charges. Smith pled no contest to a handful of misdemeanors and felonies. He faces up to 4 1/2 years in jail, but odds seem pretty good that if he remains out of trouble the next three weeks, he'll end up with probation, and maybe community service and a fine. We'll just have to wait until July 25 to see how that situation plays out. After that, we get to find out what kind of suspension, if any, Aldon Smith will face from the NFL.