While most in this thread pose as legal experts, my gut is telling me that they've been on the other side of the plexiglass in their experience with lawyers.
Actually, my experience comes from putting those people behind the "plexiglass" (bullet-proof glass) and being in court many many times, lol. BTW, ANYONE can go to a local magistrate and fill out a piece of paper and the magistrate can issue an arrest warrant for assault on a female. Then, whether it's true or not, that person would have to appear in District Court before a judge and have a trial. Hopefully, the guy doesn't get a female judge with a bad attitude that day.
Greg Hardy's case was originally held in District court because it's a misdemeanor offense. All misdemeanor cases are heard in District Court first by a judge. If a defendant is found guilty in District Court, anyone can appeal the conviction to Superior Court where a jury trial must be held. So, Hardy or his attorney had NO CHOICE, but to have it heard by a judge first. I have personally seen several judges that ruled on things that I thought were wrong. It's much harder for 12 people to agree on guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If only one person doesn't agree it's a hung jury. Also, I believe the domestic violence protection order request (50B) was thrown out. Holder didn't even appear for that hearing. If Hardy really wanted to kill her, or she was in fear of that, don't you think she would have came to court for that? This whole case screams of BS. Now, because of the Ray Rice video everyone wants to "hang Greg Hardy" or suspend him. Why? Because one "woman" wants to tell a judge Hardy said he's going to kill me? Those injuries are consistent with someone trying to stop someone from hitting them as well. Give the man a chance in court. A real jury trial.