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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Three questions about Rice's arraignment

By Jamison Hensley

The arraignment of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on a third-degree charge of aggravated assault is scheduled for Thursday morning in Mays Landing, N.J.

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What will take place at the arraignment? Rice must appear and face formal notification of charges at his arraignment. He may plead guilty or not guilty at this point, either to the charges listed in the indictment or to revised charges resulting from plea negotiations. Janay Palmer Rice, who was allegedly struck unconscious by Ray Rice, is expected to be in court. She married Rice a day after his indictment.

Could there be a resolution? It's possible Rice will opt to apply for the Pretrial Intervention program. This is a diversionary program which permits certain defendants (particularly first-time ones) to avoid formal prosecution and conviction by entering into court-supervised counseling or other support. Rice and his wife are currently in counseling, according to the running back's lawyer.

What is the Ravens' stance? Ravens officials have publicly supported Rice since the incident. At Wednesday's pre-draft news conference, general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team will "deal with Ray when that time comes." Even if Rice is found not guilty or receives probation, he'll likely be disciplined by the NFL, whether it's a fine or suspension.

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