Saying he has “a higher standard to go forward with a prosecution,” a Florida prosecutor will not pursue battery charges filed against Donald Trump’s campaign manager in March after a run-in with a reporter, according to Politico.
Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg is scheduled to make the announcement Thursday, but the reporter, Michelle Fields, formerly with Breitbart News, could still pursue a defamation case against the manager, Corey Lewandowski, the report says.
Fields filed a police report last month after Lewandowski grabbed her by the arm and moved her out of Trump’s way following a press conference at Trump National Gold Club in Jupiter. She said he left bruises on her arm. Police later charged Lewandowski with simple battery, releasing video from surveillance cameras that shows Lewandowski reaching for and grabbing Fields.
Aronberg would not comment, but in a POLITICO interview last week, he pointed out that Jupiter police had a low “probable cause” standard to cite Lewandowski for battery. But the responsibility for moving forward with a full-blown prosecution rested with Aronberg’s office, which had to consider whether a crime occurred and whether they believed a jury of Floridians would prosecute.
Neither Fields nor Lewandowski could be reached for comment, Politico writes.
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