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On July 15, Carolina Panthers defensive endGreg Hardy was found guilty of a sault against his forrmer girlfriend, Nicole Holder. The judge gave Hardy a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months probation. He has since appealed the judges decision and awaits a jury trial. Therefore, Hardys sentencehas been stayed for the time being.In North Carolina, a person charged with a misdemeanor is a signed a bench trial instead of Jeremy Zuttah Jersey a jury trial. This means that ajudge takes the place of a jury. However, if one party is di satisfied with the judges decision, that party may appeal the bench trial decision for a new jury trial.This appeal requires a unanimous verdict from a jury of 12 peers.CASH: Panthers shamed into benching Hardy The prosecution has a beyond a reasonable doubt burden that must be met to support a conviction. While this burden was the same Zane Beadles Jersey at the bench trial, where Hardy was found guilty,the sophistication and experience of the 12 jurors will be much le s than that of the presiding judge. The most important part of this case for Hardy will be during the jury selectionproce s.This proce s will drag on and be highly contested.One of the Matt Barkley Jersey nations top criminal defense and appellate attorneys, Patrick Megaro, from Appeals Law Group based out of Orlando, Florida, suggests that picking a jury is where the case is truly decided. Cases are won and lost in jury selection," Megaro says. "A good attorney will want to select a jury that is predisposed to vote in their favor.Megaro suggests that the jury selection could last days, noting that he's had similar cases where the proce s took three full days.Undoubtedly, Hardys attorneys will spend their efforts in preparing to pick a jury that can sympathize with Hardys situation and fight a reasonable doubt.Meanwhile, the Panthers are unsure whether they will activate Hardy for Sunday's game agianst the Steelers. Coach Ron Rivera said the team hasn't considering releasing him.Benjamin C. Haynes is a partner at the law firm of Haynes & De Paz in Orlando, Florida, and a contributor for Sporting Roger Craig Jersey News. Follow him onTwitter @BHaynes32 .
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