News that Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will not be prosecuted on a battery charge over a fracas with a reporter is no surprise, but it’s big news for GOP front-runner Donald Trump — who finally began to take hits in the polls last month as that and other controversies piled up.
Police in Jupiter, Fla., had charged Lewandowski with battery after former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields said he grabbed her and pulled her to the ground in a crowd at an event. State Attorney David Aronberg is expected to announce today he is dropping the case, according to news reports citing sources.
“This is not a surprise at all. This was a case that they were not going to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, and they recognized that. They made the right move,” said Michelle Suskauer, the former president of the Palm Beach Bar Association. “They put politics completely aside, looked at the facts of the case, looked at the video and probably spoke to witnesses, and they knew this was not a winner. This was a loser case.”
The Herald reported last month that chances of a successful prosecution were low, given the standard of intent required by Florida law.
Suskauer said Jupiter police should have given the case to Aronberg to review before charging Lewandowski.
“This was never a case that the State Attorney’s Office was going to want to prosecute,” Suskauer said. “The police could have, and should have, sent the case over to the State Attorney’s Office for a full review before they gave him a notice to appear … it wouldn’t have gone this far.”
Matt Mackowiak, a GOP consultant who is not a Trump supporter, said, “Obviously, it is good news …. it would have been a circus if this had gone to trial. It would have been a real distraction.”
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