NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones has been appointed to hear Ray Rice’s appeal of the indefinite suspension handed down by the NFL.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the appointment Thursday after consulting with DeMaurice Smith, the players’ union executive director.

“We are grateful to Judge Jones for taking on this role,” Goodell said in a statement. “She will have our full cooperation as she hears and decides this appeal.”

Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly. Goodell originally had suspended Rice for two games.

Rice, a native of New Rochelle, N.Y., was also released by the Baltimore Ravens.

Jones served in the Southern District of New York from 1996-2013. She also has been an attorney in the Department of Justice and currently is a partner in the law firm of Zuckerman Spaeder.

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