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Program that accepted Rice rare in domestic cases

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The program that former football star Ray Rice was allowed into instead of facing trial is used rarely in New Jersey domestic violence assault cases.

A review by The Associated Press finds that of the 15,000 people with domestic violence assault charges adjudicated in state Superior Court from 2010 through 2013, 70 were allowed into pretrial intervention.

More than half the cases were dismissed or referred to a lower court.

State guidelines say people who commit violent crimes should generally be rejected from the pretrial intervention program, which can give defendants clean records if they comply with conditions.

A video released last week showed Rice punching his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious in February. Rice agreed to pay $125 in fines and receive anger management counseling.


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