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One stark reason why domestic abuse claims can be problematic

Every reasonable person in North Carolina is disheartened by the sad reality of domestic violence and the trauma it inflicts on children and families. Where family violence exists, it is a legitimate social and legal concern that must be responded to.

Reasonable and duly reflective people know this, too, though: not every claim grounded in abuse is accurate or even remotely true. Sometimes "victims" have agendas (more advantageous family law outcomes, for example) that can be promoted by falsely accusing an individual of abuse.

That was reportedly what happened in one city last year, with the wife of a wealthy businessman lying to police about an alleged violence incident. That allegation turned out to be bogus, and she was criminally charged with filing a false report.

Notably, that did not help the defendant. A city prosecutor decided to go ahead with his criminal trial, anyway -- despite already knowing the charge against him was false. Reportedly, that exculpatory evidence was not shared with the defense. The husband was ultimately convicted (although later exonerated).

And now, for eminently understandable reasons, he is angry. His legal team recently filed a notice of claim against the city and the prosecutor. The state bar notes that it is investigating the details, and could bring disciplinary against the latter.

That alone won't satisfy the husband, who notes the pronounced adverse effects that the false claim has had on his personal and professional reputation. His claim notice indicates his intention to sue the city for $5 million in damages in civil court.

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