Judge Denies Request to Dismiss Domestic Violence Case

A DC Superior Court judge scheduled a hearing to determine if a domestic violence case has enough evidence to go to trial after rejecting the defense’s request to dismiss the case.

The defendant is charged with fourth-degree sexual abuse in a domestic violence case.

During the Sept. 8 hearing, defense attorney Thomas Healy sought to dismiss the case. Healy said the defendant is currently on pretrial release and struggling to get a job with the case still open. He argued that the case has been prolonged to the point that it should be dismissed as a violation of his client’s speedy trial rights.

Judge Milton Lee agreed to schedule a preliminary hearing but did not dismiss the case. He noted that many cases have been prolonged due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parties will reconvene for the preliminary hearing on Oct. 29.