The New York Criminal Course formally dismissed the case of Chad Washington, CC’15 and a Columbia football player, yesterday. Washington was charged with a hate crime after his alleged assault of an Asian classmate in May 2013, right before the football team received attention for tweets containing racial and homophobic slurs. Washington’s required 10 days of community service were completed before October 11.
Washington was offered an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD) back in August, meaning that if he was not accused of any crimes in the next six months his case would be dismissed. An ACD is a method of dismissing criminal charges used in misdemeanor cases. According to New York law, “The granting of an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal shall not be deemed to be a conviction or an admission of guilt.”