I've been in civil and criminal court many times but that doesn't make me a lawyer so I'm going to ask the benevolent judges that sit in session on the huddle...
Two parties agreeing on a settlement (with no proof yet that they did) means fug all in a criminal case. Settlements are for civil cases. The DA can still press charges against Hardy, but the case was dismissed because their leading (only) witness has been a lying flake since before the bench trial even started so the DA knows that she can't be relied on to make a case?
Correct. A settlement would mean nothing in a criminal case. However, paying off the star witness of the prosecution to take a vacation and not be available to her lawyers or to the court means that they have no recourse but to rule against her in the proceedings. Hardy being able to buy himself a not guilty verdict means a hell of a lot more to his career than however much it cost him to have her disappear. Because if you'll remember, this "flake" made every single one of her other court dates before mysteriously dropping off the face of the earth. Not just chilling at home, either. She's making it damn sure that she isn't going to be found for this.
If this is the case, tell me why he waited until the day of his trial, to pay off the witness? Couldn't he have done that many months ago and played this past season? That makes absolutely no sense.
All evidence suggests that they haven't been able to get in touch with Holder for many, many months. Last contact being in October. Looks like he did exactly that. But you can't get a case dismissed until the accuser actually "no shows" on the trial date. That's why the trial date being bumped past the end of the season meant that we weren't going to see Hardy on the field this season.
It's funny how people think this means none of this happened. What you're seeing is Greg Hardy taking some of that cash he didn't work for and paying Holder to make it go away. Jerry Richardson's money going towards some woman's blow habit is just as insulting as Greg being found guilty in the first place. I still have zero doubts he did it, or else this "civil settlement" to make her leave town wouldn't have been required.
Greg made a smart financial investment. Take a few million and leave town, let me get my not guilty verdict, and we'll all be happy. That's why you pay the lawyers.