Prosecutor defends Ray Rice decision

With former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice accepted into a pretrial intervention program that included no jail time for his felony aggravated assault case, the Atlantic City prosecutor's office is defending its decision.

Rice punched his wife, Janay, in a video captured by casino surveillance.

"Mr. Rice received the same treatment by the criminal justice system in Atlantic County that any first-time offender has, in similar circumstances," Jay McKeen, a spokesman for the Atlantic County prosecutor's office, said. "The decision was correct."

New Jersey Senate president Steve Sweeney says attorney general John Hoffman should review the decision-making process.

"This video and the violence it shows is extremely disturbing," Sweeney said in a statement. "It is a vivid reminder that domestic violence is a serious problem that can't be ignored and shouldn't be treated lightly."

Judge Michae A. Donio approved the prosecutor's decision.

Rice was ordered to undergo anger management and be supervised in a probationery period for a year to complete the program. Rice has attended weekly counseling sessions.

Jim McCain, the acting prosecutor, issued the following statement on the approval of Rice's request for pretrial intervention: "After careful consideration of the information contained in Mr. Rice's application in light of all of the facts gathered during the investigation."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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