He is considered not guilty.....trial de novo look it up
I took you up on the suggestion, and did look it up.
From Wiki: A trial de novo is usually ordered by an appellate court when the original trial failed to make a determination in a manner dictated by law.
I'mnot privy to the actual legal proceeding Hardy had in July, but EVERY article I found says he was CONVICTED.
A conviction doesn't sound like a situation where a determination was not found, but I sure as hell am not a lawyer.
But as I have said, legal loopholes or lingo aside..the only thing the media, haters, league...etc are seeing is CONVICTED.