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Why don’t the powers-that-be want to punish Ray Rice?

Prosecutors Criticize Higher Ups For Not Prosecuting Ray Rice

According to TMZ reports:

Ray Rice’s criminal case was handled “outrageously” and “shamefully” … this according to numerous prosecutors in the office … TMZ Sports has learned.

Multiple prosecutors in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office have spoken with TMZ — on condition of anonymity — and they say it is “virtually unheard of” for their office to allow someone like Ray Rice to avoid felony charges. What’s more … they say it all happened behind closed doors … behind their backs.

We previously reported … the grand jury indicted Rice for felony abuse after viewing the elevator video posted on TMZ Sports. Rice’s lawyer then petitioned for something called PTI — Pre-trial Intervention — which gives first time offenders a break … reducing the charge to a minor offense.

As one prosecutor said, “If there is violence or even a threat of violence by the perpetrator, prosecutors almost always object to a PTI and judges always follow the prosecutor’s wishes” … meaning the case gets tried as a felony.

Not so with Rice. We’re told the case did NOT go to the Domestic Violence Unit … which is where it should have gone. Instead, it was micromanaged by Jim McClain, the prosecutor who runs the office and his number 2 prosecutor, Diane Ruberton. The Domestic Violence Unit was in the dark.

Another prosecutor said, “Never did I see a case this violent get PTI. It’s off the charts abnormal.”

Not only was Ray’s case not tried, the entire special unit designed to deal with domestic violence was disbanded.

And it gets worse. We’re told either on June 17 or 18 … Jim McClain called all of the prosecutors into the conference room and said he would no longer use the Domestic Violence Unit to process cases where the grand jury indicts abusers. We’re told McClain said it was just a matter of resources.

But our sources say McClain’s decision is a disaster. They say the cases are now handled by overworked prosecutors who handle general crimes and don’t have the time or training to handle DV cases. They have no time to help the victims through the process. Our sources say McClain has “all but obliterated the DV Unit.”

You would think that Ray Rice had some kind of incriminating evidence on all these people who appeared to go out of their way to protect him. SMH.

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