Jameis Winston has been cleared of violating Florida State's code of conduct.
"This was a complex case, and I worked hard to make sure both parties had a full and fair opportunity to present information. In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for any of the charged violations of the Code," retired Florida Supreme Court chief justice Major B. Harding wrote in his findings in the case, according to a document obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
Attorney David Cornwell, Winston's attorney during the hearing process, was the first to post the news on Twitter, listing a portion of the hearing finding.
Winston took part in a two-day hearing Dec. 2-3 to determine whether he violated sexual misconduct and endangerment provisions in FSU's code of conduct policy during an alleged sexual assault in December 2012.
Winston's accuser has the option to appeal the ruling, although FSU's code of conduct provisions do not allow for an entire hearing to be conducted again with a different panel.
Harding indicated in his ruling the lack of witnesses beyond Winston and his accuser had an impact on his decision.
"[The accuser's] statements concerning the night's events have changed over time, but the one point on which she has remained steadfast is that once in your room that you had sexual intercourse with her and that she did not consent to or actively participate in the intercourse.
"You, however, vehemently contradict [the accuser's] recitation of the night's events."
Harding later stated, "the evidence regarding the events that unfolded between you and [the accuser] once in your room are irreconcilable. In light of all the circumstances, I do not find the credibility of one story substantially stronger than that of the other. Both have their own strengths and weaknesses. I cannot find with any confidence that the events as set forth by you, [the accuser] or a particular combination thereof is more probable than not as required to find you responsible for violations of the code. Therein lies the determinative factor of my decision."
Harding reviewed more 1,000 pages worth of evidence, including files originally generated during a sexual assault criminal investigation.
Winston did not answer questions during the hearing but read a five-page written statement, a source told the Sentinel.
"Rape is a vicious crime," Winston's statement obtained by the Sentinel read. "The only thing as vicious as rape is falsely accusing someone of rape. [The accuser] and her lawyers have falsely accused me, threatened to sue me, demanded $7,000,000 from me, engaged in a destructive media campaign against me, and manipulated this process to the point that my rights have and will continue to be severely compromised."
FSU will play Oregon Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl, a College Football Playoff semifinal, with Winston firmly set in the lineup.