Reports indicate that Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, will not be prosecuted. Lewandowski’s potential prosecution came after he grabbed a former reporter, Michelle Fields, by the arm and moved her out of the way during a press conference.
Fields stated that she had bruises on her arm and filed a police report against the manager.
Police charged Lewandowski for simple battery and released a video that shows him grabbing Fields. Florida prosecutors decided against prosecuting the manager. The decision is expected to be officially announced on Thursday afternoon. The Palm Beach County State Attorney, David Aronberg would not comment on the matter.
The decision to not prosecute Trump’s campaign manager was the responsibility of Aronberg’s office. The office had to determine whether a crime did occur and whether a jury would prosecute as a result.
Fields would not comment on the matter.
The case, according to lawyers, would not have be considered battery by jurors. Under Florida law, any unwanted touching could be considered battery.
David Oscar Markus, criminal defense attorney in Miami, states, “If you ask people to describe battery, this wouldn’t cut it.” Markus went on to say, “There was no injury, no damage, no nothing.”
Fields, a former reporter for Breitbart, resigned from her position and was quickly followed by six colleagues. Fields alleges that Breitbart is pro-Trump and was not properly supporting her following the incident.
Aronberg’s office oversees 125,000 criminal cases in the State of Florida per year, and said this misdemeanor case was only a high priority due to the media attention it garnered.