NFL Player Brandon Marshall Cleared Of Assault Charges In Civil Case

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On April 8, 2016 it took a Manhattan federal jury just one hour Friday to clear New York Jets star Brandon Marshall of punching a woman in the eye outside a nightclub in 2012. Brandon Marshall won the civil suit and the petitioner took home no damages in the suit.

Christin Myles, 28, claimed the New York Jets wide receiver punched her in front of club Marquee during a fight that began inside the venue and eventually spilled out spilled out. Myles presented grainy surveillance footage of the incident during civil trial. However, the jurors were not convinced. A verdict in favor of Marshall was reached in less then an hour. Appearing stunned, Myles didn’t move for several minutes after the verdict and had to be consoled by her mother and her before finally getting up from her seat.

Myles’ attorney, Josh Moskovitz, attempted to portray Marshall as a spoiled athlete who assumed that his fame was enough to elevate him above the law.“He wants to play by his own rules,” Moskovitz said in pressing jurors to find him guilty of battering his client. The lawyer repeatedly played footage of the alleged punch during his closing statement. However, Marshall’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, blasted the case as an opportunistic grab targeting a rich and famous athlete. “He never touched or punched her, and he wasn’t going to pay a penny because he knows he did nothing wrong,” he said after the flash verdict. Additionally, no criminal charges were ever brought in connection with incident.

“The video was grainy,” said a male juror to the media outside of the court, suggesting that there wasn’t enough visual evidence to pin the punch on Marshall. The athlete’s lawyers repeatedly pointed out that Myles had thrown a punch at Marshall’s friend at one point during the chaos and was not a blameless bystander. Marshall posted a tweet posted less than an hour after the case was adjourned suggested that he was already on a flight to Chicago, free and clear of a legal case that had dogged him for years.

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