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Analyzing the Baltimore Raven’s Ray Rice Criminal Scandal

ray rice scandalIf you have turned on a television, a radio, or gotten on the Internet in the past three days, it is guaranteed that you know about the Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice scandal. If you are still a little hazy on the details, we can bring you up to speed. Rice and his then fiancée, Janay Palmer, were in the elevator of a casino in Atlantic City New Jersey when Rice was caught on camera dragging Palmer out of the elevator, unconscious after allegedly striking her in the head. At the time, Rice and Palmer received domestic disturbance charges. The court dropped charges against Palmer and changed Rice’s charges to aggravated assault after seeing the full video from the elevator.

How Rice’s Sentence Affected His NFL Career

Rice’s sentence was a fairly common one for first time assault offenders. He is on probation and is court ordered to do intensive anger management counseling. He and Palmer have also been attending counseling together. Most people thought that they had seen the end of Rice’s punishment once the NFL decided on his suspension. The fact that the NFL claimed to not have all the details yet changed that.

According to NFL sources (up until recently), Ravens coaches and the NFL had not actually seen the full video until it hit the gossip site TMZ which released it to the Internet two days ago. Shortly after the video was released, the Ravens made the decision to fire Ray Rice and the NFL followed suit by hitting him with an indefinite suspension. The Ravens were well within their rights to let Rice go because of the horrible incident, but the question that remains is whether or not the NFL had a right to suspend him indefinitely after handing out his original sentence of a two-game suspension.

The NFL essentially has exposed Rice to double jeopardy, punishing him twice for his crime. It has also recently come to light that the NFL actually had seen the video, but did not take action until the video went public. The courts stick by their decision, as they should at this point, to have Rice enter counseling and anger management, since that is standard for first time offender’s and Palmer did not wish to press charges anyway. The NFL has also left many other domestic violence offenders among their ranks. So the question remains – was it fair to suspend Rice indefinitely? Does he have a right to sue at this point? Should the NFL have more say than the court?

Assault and Battery in Maryland

An assault and battery charge can completely turn your life upside down, as demonstrated by Ray Rice’s case in Baltimore. Robinson and Associates is a criminal defense firm. If you have been charged with assault or another criminal offense, contact us for a free review of your case.  To schedule your free consultation, give Bruce Robinson & Associates a call at 443-524-7395 or visit our website You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Source: Bloomberg


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