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Report: Clippers’ Branden Dawson won’t be prosecuted for domestic violence

Branden Dawson

FILE - In this July 7, 2015 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers’ Branden Dawson goes in for an uncontested dunk against the Oklahoma City Thunder during an NBA summer league basketball game in Orlando, Fla. The Los Angeles Police Department reported that Dawson has been arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse and taken into custody at his home in the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 13, 2016. He was released on $50,000 bail about six hours later. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

AP

Clippers forward Branden Dawson was arrested last month for felony domestic violence.

TMZ:

L.A. Clippers player Branden Dawson will NOT be prosecuted for domestic violence ... with the city attorney’s office citing insufficient evidence.

This does not mean Dawson was cleared. Our judicial system – wisely – requires a high standard of proof to convict someone of a crime. As Blackstone’s formulation states, “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.”

I don’t know whether Dawson broke any laws that night. If he didn’t, his reputation has been unfairly tarnished. If he did, he’s lucky there wasn’t enough evidence.

Without criminal charges, Dawson likely won’t face NBA punishment, either.