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After executing possibly the biggest non-professional wrestling or NBA fake flop in history, and certainly in politics (this side of Ukraine at least), former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields just suffered a huge setback in her quest to be taken seriously. Politico has reported that, according to their sources, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will not be prosecuted for battery for his March incident with Fields.
Although on Wednesday she told TheBlaze she still intends to pursue a defamation case, this closes the book on any serious legal ramifications for Lewandowski and gives a certain measure of vindication for Donald Trump, who has stuck by his campaign manager through it all when lesser men would have simply fired him out of expedience.
Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg is set to officially announce the decision not to press charges this afternoon. Lewandowski had been charged with simple battery after Fields claimed he left bruises on her arm when he grabbed her to move her out of Trump’s way after his press conference at Trump National Gold Club in Jupiter, Florida. It was, as the surveillance video later showed, not the traumatic event that she made it out to be.
To move forward with a prosecution, Aronberg had to decide whether a crime occurred and also whether they could win a jury verdict. Although Florida’s baseline for battery is one of the lowest in the nation – basically unwanted touching – after considering all the evidence it was decided that no jury would vote unanimously to convict Lewandowski. After all, what jury in the nation would convict someone for what was essentially a minor tug?
This development exposes Ted Cruz’s shameless, blatant abuse of the situation for political gain. In March, the Cruz campaign addressed the issue in a statement, “Unfortunately, this abusive behavior seems to be part of the culture of the Trump campaign … Personal attacks, verbal attacks & now physical attacks have no place in politics or anywhere else in our society.”
MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough had the best tweet of the night, a quote from veteran Miami criminal defense lawyer David Oscar Markus:
“Jeb Bush has a better claim for battery against Trump after those debates than this reporter." https://t.co/HTkfT7Ywze
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) April 14, 2016
She won’t, but Fields should have considered walking away from this one. After all, based on her “legal standard,” she’s fortunate Donald Trump doesn’t prosecute her for touching him!
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