After deliberating for just 37 minutes, a jury returned a not guilty verdict following a 2 week trial. Michael A. Goldstein mounted an aggressive defense that accused the victim, (an Emergency Room Physician) of using the criminal courts to gain an advantage in a child custody battle. Just prior to making the domestic violence allegations, Michael’s client had won an important ruling in family court following a 4 year custody battle. Two weeks later, his wife made allegations of child abuse which were investigated and deemed to be unsubstantiated. A conviction for domestic violence would have resulted in the loss of child custody and most likely his medical license.