Rehabilitation program that accepted former Baltimore Raven Ray rare in domestic cases

photo Ray Rice holds hands with his wife, Janay Palmer, in Mays Landing, N.J., in this May 1, 2014, file photo.

TRENTON, N.J. - The offender-rehabilitation program former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was allowed into after knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases - but whether that means he got special treatment because of his stardom remains up in the air, depending on whom you ask.

Only 70 of the more than 15,000 domestic violence assault cases adjudicated from 2010 to 2013 in New Jersey's Superior Court were admitted into the pretrial intervention program, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.