Former Chicago alderman acquitted on domestic battery charge

June 28, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has found a former Chicago alderman not guilty of a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cook County Judge Callie Lynn Baird issued her ruling in favor of Ricardo Munoz on Thursday immediately after hearing three hours of testimony during a bench trial. The judge pointed to inconsistencies between what Munoz’s estranged wife said about what happened last New Year’s Eve and the allegations listed in the charging documents.

The judge, for example, pointed out that Betty Torres-Munoz alleged that Munoz had grabbed her. But she said the charging documents alleged he pushed her and nothing about him grabbing her.

Neither Munoz nor Torres-Munoz commented to reporters after they left the courtroom.

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