Former Deputy Mayor Absolved of Domestic Violence

Former Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, who resigned last summer after being arrested on a domestic violence complaint, has been found innocent of assault in the matter and criminal charges have been dropped, lawyers for him and his wife said Friday.

A judge in Washington ordered the arrest record sealed after making the finding on Jan. 4, said G. Allen Dale, a lawyer for Mr. Goldsmith’s wife, Margaret Goldsmith.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s decision in August not to disclose that Mr. Goldsmith had recently been arrested when he announced his deputy’s sudden departure to “pursue private-sector opportunities” touched off a firestorm of criticism.

Mr. Goldsmith was arrested and was charged with assault on July 30 after a loud fight with his wife at their town house in Washington. She told the police that he had shoved her and smashed a phone against the floor. He was arrested over his wife’s objections and charged with simple assault. He resigned five days later, having held the position of deputy mayor for operations for 14 months.

The arrest did not come to light until September. Mr. Goldsmith said at the time that he had actually resigned so that his arrest would not “be a distraction” to the mayor. Both he and his wife denied that there had been any violence.

A finding of innocence, under District of Columbia law, requires that the defendant has convinced a judge that the offense did not occur — a higher standard than reasonable doubt of the defendant’s guilt. Mr. Goldsmith’s lawyer, Lisa Manning, said she viewed the order by the judge, Karen Aileen Howze, as “a complete vindication of my client.”

The order was reported on Wednesday by The Indianapolis Star. Mr. Goldsmith is a former mayor of Indianapolis.

Neither Mr. Goldsmith, 65, nor Ms. Goldsmith would comment on the matter on Friday, nor would Mayor Bloomberg.

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