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Ben Roethlisberger Cleared, But Civil Suit Threat Still Looms

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While Ben Roethlisberger was exonerated of all criminal charges, doubts still remain as to his liability in the alleged sexual abuse incident. As such, PA personal injury attorneys and football fans alike aren't giving this Pittsburgh Steeler's quarterback the benefit of the doubt just yet.

Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a young woman in a bathroom. The twenty year old woman alleged that Ben Roethlisberger assaulted her on March 5, but she declined to press any charges at the time. Although the prosecutor looked into charges, Ben Roethlisberger will not face charges; stemming largely from the fact that there does not exist enough evidence to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Despite the fact that criminal charges could not be brought, civil lawsuits for battery and assault require a lower burden of proof. As a result, it's not unforseeable for Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers, that a civil lawsuit could ensue.

In simpler terms, just because a defendant is not found guilty of a criminal act, it does not preclude that defendant from going before a civil jury in a civil trial.

And in the case of Ben Roethlisberger, his deep pockets and the general fan antagonism towards him make him a prime candidate for defendant in a civil lawsuit for battery and assault. Where a criminal jury needs to believe that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, a civil jury just needs to watch the balances tip a little more to one side over the other. It's called preponderance of the evidence.

And it could be the key to vindication against Ben Roethlisberger if he is indeed guilty of the allegations. Just because celebrities sometimes slide under the scales of criminal justice, it doesn't mean they are automatically precluded from civil justice.

Just ask O.J. Simpson.

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