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Football game antics lead to alleged domestic violence incident

The football season is well underway, and team rivalries are beginning to escalate. However, such partisan loyalties are no justification for a recent case of domestic violence.

According to authorities, a 42-year-old man was so riled up by a bet he placed on a recent game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers that resorted to Tasering his wife on her thigh and posterior -- three times. At the time of his arrest, the man apparently told authorities that his wife had voluntarily entered into the bet with him, which included Tasering the loser.

Although his state of mind may have been spousal rivalry, he now faces charges for the alleged felony use of an electric weapon. If convicted, the man could be required to pay a maximum of $10,000 in fines and serve a six-year prison sentence.

A domestic violence attorney might agree that contracts, even if consensual, cannot violate existing state or federal criminal laws. Under North Carolina law, the definition of domestic violence includes the act of intentionally causing bodily injury to a spouse. Although the wife in this story has not provided a public statement, the prosecution’s decision to proceed with the case may not depend on her testimony.

Specifically, authorities can prosecuted an alleged domestic violence offender even if the alleged victim decides not to press charges. In this case, authorities may find it significant that the alleged Tasering happened three times. They may argue that Tasering is never appropriate for any reason, other than self-defense.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, “Illinois Man Used Stun Gun On Wife After Winning Bet On Bears-Packers Game,” Nov. 6, 2013

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