I was found not guilty of battery but convicted of simple assault in 2010 from an incident that occurred in 2009. The plaintiff sued me in civil court
for over 1.5M. She settled for 13,500 in Apr. 2013. I feel she extorted money from me because I was convicted and because she was pregnant at the time. This whole case has cost me over $25k. I was accused and charged of something I didn't do. I acted in self defense
against her physical actions against me. At trial
she did not mention: ANY injuries, medical issues or concerns, and did not mention she had any doctor bills. The officer denied that she ever told him she was in pain, injured, or having contractions. The officer also denied her "new allegations" of me pushing my stroller into her stomach and causing her to fall. He did say she denied medical attention. It was made clear by the judge that there were no injuries. I feel the jury convicted me based off of their emotions because she was pregnant.
In the civil case she claimed she had a difficult delivery, $1000 chiropractic bill, and some arm injury which she could never produce any medical records for.
I settled because I could not afford the financial hardship this was causing my family or the emotional and physical stress. I was forced to pay her to avoid the threat of another trial and additional legal fees. And at the time I felt it was best to pay her to make her go away.
Do I have an extortion case or not?