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Judge Jones asks for written briefs by end of next week in Rice case

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It’s unknown when former U.S. Judge Barbara S. Jones will issue a ruling in the Ray Rice appeal hearing. It won’t happen at least for eight days.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Judge Jones has asked that written briefs be submitted by the end of next week by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

The briefs will characterize the testimony of eight witnesses: Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL V.P. of security Jeff Miller, NFL senior V.P. of labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch, NFL in-house counsel Kevin Manera, Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome, Ray Rice, Janay Palmer Rice, and NFLPA in-house counsel Heather McPhee.

Ravens president Dick Cass didn’t testify because the NFLPA was satisfied with Newsome’s testimony. The NFLPA believes that Newsome proved Rice told Goodell during the June 16 disciplinary hearing that Rice had struck Janay in February, rendering her unconscious.

The NFLPA contends that the league can’t discipline Rice a second time for the same incident. In July, Goodell suspended Rice two games. After video emerged of the incident, the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely. He has missed nine weeks of the season, and counting.