Part of Alfredo Simon’s legal problems are over

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Unfortunately for him, it’s the far less scary part: the civil lawsuit filed against him by the victim’s family has been dropped.

With the outrageously large caveat that the Dominican Republic legal system is different than our own, I’ll note that you often see this sort of thing happen right before charges are dropped because those settling suddenly become far less cooperative than they used to be. Not that the settlement buys silence — oh, heavens no, that would be illegal! — but because, well, it just sort of happens that way.

But then again, the prosecutor in this case may not need cooperation from the victim’s family. He’s banking on ballistics testing, not solely eyewitness testimony. And he says he’s pressing on.