Newsman Found Guilty in Spousal Abuse Case

Dominic Carter
Influential New York cable political news anchor Dominic Carter, pictured with wife, maintains innocence as Judge convicts on lesser charge. Photo: NY Post/Tim Wiencis

On Friday (Nov. 20) a Suffern, N.Y. judge returned a guilty verdict in the assault case against New York 1 news anchor Dominic Carter.

Carter, who hosted the popular “Inside City Hall” political talk show on the Time Warner-owned news channel, was charged with third-degree attempted assault on his wife, a reduced charge from the more serious third-degree assault he originally faced.

The case stemmed from an argument with his wife last year that turned violent. In October 2008 Marilyn Carter called 911 claiming the newsman hit her. During the trial in October prosecutors presented photos of the 52-year-old with a swollen lip, cut ear and bruised arm and leg. She recanted her story on the stand, telling prosecutors she was assaulted by an unidentified day laborer.

Before declaring Carter guilty on Friday Judge Arnold Etelson called Mrs. Carter’s revised version of the incident “preposterous.”

In a statement after the verdict Carter, 45, said, “While I’m innocent, I’m sorry to all my fans and supporters for this embarrassment.” Carter is on an indefinite leave of absence from New York 1.

He’ll be sentenced on January 14, 2010.

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