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Greg Hardy seeks to expunge charges against him

Former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy walks into the Mecklenburg County Courthouse July 15, 2014.
Former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy walks into the Mecklenburg County Courthouse July 15, 2014. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has filed a petition to have domestic violence charges officially expunged from his record, Hardy’s attorney said Monday.

A Mecklenburg County judge will forward Hardy’s petition to the State Bureau of Investigation, which will do a background check on Hardy to ensure he doesn’t have any felony convictions.

The process typically takes about four months.

“Every day Americans who have misdemeanor charges dismissed file for expungement of the charges from their record,” said Chris Fialko, Hardy’s attorney.

A district judge last year found Hardy guilty of assaulting and threatening to kill ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder during an altercation last May at Hardy’s uptown condo. Those charges were dismissed in February when prosecutors couldn’t find Holder to testify in a jury trial.

Prosecutors said Holder received a settlement from Hardy for an undisclosed sum.

The NFL has yet to announce its discipline of Hardy, who could face a six-game suspension under the league’s new conduct policy, enacted seven months after Hardy’s arrest.

After the Panthers opted against re-signing Hardy in free agency last month, he signed an incentive-laden, one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys worth as much as $13.1 million.

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