Greg Hardy’s domestic violence charges are expunged

AP

In the eyes of the NFL, Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy committed in 2014 an act of domestic violence. In the eyes of the state of North Carolina, Hardy did nothing at all.

Via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the domestic violence charges filed last year against Hardy have been expunged.

Hardy had been charged with communicating threats and assault on a female following an altercation with Nicole Holder. A judge found Hardy guilty at a bench trial, which many in the media presumed was the equivalent of an official finding of guilt.

It wasn’t; North Carolina law gave Hardy a trial before a judge before he received a trial before a jury. And before the trial by jury, Hardy reportedly reached a civil settlement with Holder, which prompted her to not show up for the jury trial.

She could have shown up at the jury trial, testified against Hardy, and then sued him separately. She chose not to, which ended the case against Hardy.

As a practical matter, especially given his suspension by the league, everyone knows Hardy did something. But the expungement of the charges will help him if/when he gets into trouble in the future, since what otherwise would have been a prior offense won’t be.

55 responses to “Greg Hardy’s domestic violence charges are expunged

  1. Something did happen, the problem has been is nobody really knows what happened, so everybody jumped to the conclusion that he was a “bad person”. The big question still is why Holder took the settlement rather go to trial…it only leaves us with the conclusion that it wasn’t as bad as she made it out to be. Just ask yourself, if its as bad as it seems, why take the money instead of getting him convicted and sent to jail.

  2. Funny, he screws the Panthers by his actions. ( paid 13 million for playing one game) and then snubs them by not signing a panther helmet? Way to go Dallas, you signed a class act there. ( for all you Sheldons that was sarcasm)

  3. Mike Florio is right. Given the Internet, expungement has become almost a pointless formality.

    Yes, an expungement means that in the eyes of the law, the arrest or conviction never occurred. However, an expungement does not remove from the Internet the stories about the arrest or conviction or all the gory details. For the average person, a prospective employer will run an Internet search and find out all about the prior arrest or conviction even if it’s been expunged.

    It’s just another instance of technology outpacing the law.

  4. Try using that logic in court counselor. “We know he did something”. Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe another woman lied. I’m not in the business of guessing somebody’s guilt, like some here.

  5. Nice to see NC Law has a pre-trial, judge-accredited bribe evaluation round! Seriously, judge finds you guilty in a small trial, you appeal and ask for a full-on trial by jury, by which time the star witness mysteriously stops co-operating with the prosecution but clearly knew her worth. Job done. Can he tax-deduct it though?

  6. I live in NC. It’s easy to get charges expunged here…..especially if you have money to pay a high dollar attorney and to pay off any potential witnesses.
    This justice wasn’t blind…it was bought.

  7. The lesson this idiot learned is that you knock around women all you want as long as you have the cash available to buy them off. Ray Rice’s mistake that his was caught on video. In many ways, that forced Rice to confront his issues and get his life back on the right track. Hardy, however, will forever be a scumbag.

  8. “As a practical matter, especially given his suspension by the league, everyone knows Hardy did something.”
    ————-

    By this estimation we all know that Brady did something when it comes to deflating footballs to gain a competitive advantage as well. If Hardy would’ve went to court like Brady, he likely would’ve had his suspension overturned as well.

  9. Ridiculous policy the league got going. We all know hardy is a bag but he was suspended for a year and forced to lose a year of football for what the law recognizes as nothing ever having happened.

  10. Nice to be able to buy your way out of trouble, still doesn’t clear him of being a scumbag who threatens and assaults women. We know the truth.

  11. …the guy threatens this girl with bodily violence & verbal threats…throws her on a bed with like 20 guns to make a point & his record is expunged!….how does that happen? Watching Hardy have a major hissy fit on the sidelines and almost threatening the position coach…shows that once out of the NFL, he will be in prison within 12 months…..after he goes nuts and kills someone.

  12. Is this the legal way to bribe someone? It’s ok to pay a person(s) a civil settlement, afterwards that person(s) decline to appear at the criminal proceedings; whereas paying them without the court’s knowledge is a felony. Hmmm…

    Where’s Craig Calculator and his expert background in lawyering to comment on this matter?

  13. So the fact that he is the one that called 911 FIRST and she refused any medical treatment and admitted she was drinking and doing coke (he wasn’t) doesn’t mean anything to anybody? She just wanted money and she got it

  14. I live in NC. It’s easy to get charges expunged here…..especially if you have money to pay a high dollar attorney and to pay off any potential witnesses.
    This justice wasn’t blind…it was bought.

    ————————–

    In most states, it’s pretty cut and dried as to whether a person is entitled to an expungement. If you qualify, you get the expungement whether you’re an NFL star or an average person. If there was any sketchy stuff done here, it wasn’t at the expungement stage.

  15. justintukerule says:
    Nov 6, 2015 8:59 AM

    Ridiculous policy the league got going. We all know hardy is a bag but he was suspended for a year and forced to lose a year of football for what the law recognizes as nothing ever having happened.
    *****
    The law only recognizes it as so because the only witness against Hardy refused to testify. It’s the only reason the government did what they did.

    I’m not a big fan of a lot of things the league does but, I have zero sympathy that he lost a year of salary. He should be in prison.

  16. The internet: where people that know nothing about anything can come and claim they know everything about everything. No record. No facts. No crime. Stop pretending you know everything.

  17. Good for him. Hopefully, he can now live a life sans all the negative criticism.

    Completely exonerated & expunged from his record … Meanwhile Johnny wasn’t even charged after his girl friend said she feared for her life. (from a guy with a violent and chemical addictive history) Fanboys blame his victim, saying she’s the cause of his problems.

    What a double standard. Nobody blamed Ms. Rice or Hardy’s girlfriend.

  18. Finally Mike says what I’ve been saying all along. Even the judge who “convicted” him at the bench trial was so unsure of her verdict, she only recommended 60 days community service. Stop trying to put all guys in one negative basket. That’s called “prejudice.”

  19. “As a practical matter, especially given his suspension by the league, everyone knows Hardy did something.”

    It may be a practical matter to connect Hardy’s image as a big scary dude prone to outbursts with a specific act of violence, But an NFL suspension doesn’t register as evidence. League efforts to suspend players have more to do with power, control, and PR value than any sense of social justice.

  20. NFL bad guys (1) Tom Brady (accused of having miniscule amount of air removed from football but cleared by Federal Court judge) (2)Rae Carruth -Murder (3) Aaron Hernandez – Murder (4) Ray Lewis – Murder.

    NFL good guys: (1) Brandon Marshall – only 3 arrests for domestic violence (2) Dez Bryant – only hit his own mother (3) Adrian Peterson – only abused a child (4) Greg Hardy – did nothing wrong- record expunged.

    Nice league you have there Roger.

  21. wedemboyz88 ,

    I’ve pointed this out several times, but the caped crusaders are out in full force who think every woman is some meek, soft soul who needs protection, so you can’t tell them anything.

  22. Wow! Now the question is, will he file a lawsuit against the NFL and, in particular, that judge that found him guilty originally? He certainly has the grounds to. The Justice System in which that Judge is empowered by has deemed him innocent of any wrong doing (which is a result of the records being expunged). That being said, the NFL suspended him based off of ‘claims’ that are now deemed unfounded and the Judge found him ‘guilty’ upon those same claims. I don’t know much about Law as I am not a Lawyer, nor do I claim to be one, but isn’t that called ‘Defamation of Character’? Through the Court and the NFL’s judgement, he was forced to miss work for an extended period of time causing a devaluation of his name. Then, when he was allowed to pursue work again, teams were forced to be conscientious of a looming suspension based on those same implications. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

  23. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. I believe the prosecutor could have still pursued a jury trial and used the woman’s previous testimony even if she chose not to show up. So ask yourself, if the woman was completely credible and her testimony matched the evidence available, why would they not pursue a jury trial? Just because the guy is emotional on the sidelines does not mean he is violent towards women. If he is, I’m not defending him.

  24. Using the logic of Patriots haters, it is clear to me that “Hardy is a PROVEN criminal”. I think that’s how it works, right? Makes Ray Lewis a “proven” murderer, and Big Ben is a 2 time “proven” rapist, right?

    I personally don’t think too highly of Hardy, but the law is the law, and regardless of what we think happened, the case is done, lets move on to something extremely important like team names and locker room bugs, and football inflation, and moron clock operators…

  25. Very sad really. If there was a video, it would have been a completely different story. It’s like without a video, it never happened. I hope the cowboys lose every game they play.

  26. Boy, you dumb
    =========
    Something did happen, the problem has been is nobody really knows what happened, so everybody jumped to the conclusion that he was a “bad person”. The big question still is why Holder took the settlement rather go to trial…it only leaves us with the conclusion that it wasn’t as bad as she made it out to be. Just ask yourself, if its as bad as it seems, why take the money instead of getting him convicted and sent to

  27. Battered women all over the country, especially the one Hardy knocks around next, thank you, Nicole Holder…Yay you and your new found fortune.

  28. Flawed behavior usually has a tendency of reappearing it’s ugly head. Hope he doesn’t escalate thinking he could get away with it

  29. Unfortunately as reprehensible as Hardy’s actions may have been he’s not the only one in this story with questionable ethics. First, the woman accepted the money instead of putting Hardy in prison therefore potentially leading to more victims. Second, North Carolina did not look into why the woman didn’t show up to court they kind of threw up their hands and didn’t care whatsoever. Gotta love the flawed American legal system.

  30. I’m still waiting for the NFL to make a decision on #ribgate. It’s really not that tough….either they were broken, or they weren’t.

    Why is it taking so long?

  31. TBH this has been a non-issue for me for a while. The NFL moved on, Hardy moved on. Media still chugging it through the daily meat grinder.

  32. Hardy’s “win” at the next level after his conviction happened because he reached a financial settlement with his victim; it likely included a non-disclosure clause. So he paid enough money and got what he wanted.

    Two take aways here: (a) This is what would happen if those states that appoint judges then make them stand for retention change the procedure and make those seats elective offices, the end result is that justice takes a back seat.

    And (b), this result probably does not make this jackass any less likely to cause major problems in Dallas.

  33. justintuckrule says:
    Nov 6, 2015 8:59 AM
    Ridiculous policy the league got going. We all know hardy is a bag but he was suspended for a year and forced to lose a year of football for what the law recognizes as nothing ever having happened

    Nice try,

    the law cannot prove to and beyond the exclusion of reasonable doubt that a crime was committed.

    That’s not the same as your assertion.

    By your logic you would have to admit that nothing ever happened with the air in the AFCCG footballs, and you’d be correct.

  34. Cue all the high & mighty nimrods who pretend to know what happened. Guess what? YOU DON’T! No one reading this article has any idea what actually happened, and seemingly forget that HE called the cops on her and that her own lawyers didn’t believe a word she said or they could’ve continued the trial without her. She got what she was out for…a payoff. And let’s pretend for a second that it did happen. If she doesn’t care enough but to take the money and run, then why should some loser posting on a message board?

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