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For NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, who struck and killed fellow race-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. in August, his future in criminal court lies in the hands of a New York grand jury.

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo announced this week that his office would be submitting the case to a grand jury "in the near future," reports The New York Times. The grand jury's determination could mean the difference between a murder indictment and avoiding criminal charges altogether.

So what should NASCAR fans know about this grand jury announcement?

Athletes accused of domestic violence make for sensational headlines, but a new statistic shows that divorce may actually occupy much more of the average pro athlete's home life.

According to The New York Times and Sports Illustrated, the divorce rate for professional athletes is somewhere between 60 and 80 percent -- much higher than the 50 percent estimated for all Americans, reports Forbes.

But does this downplay the impact of domestic violence among pro athletes? Here's some legal insght:

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has been accused of running over and killing a fellow competitor during a race Saturday in upstate New York.

Kevin Ward Jr., 20, was pronounced dead shortly after being allegedly struck by Stewart's car and dragged a short distance at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Deadspin reports that among the many eyewitnesses who took to the Internet, some felt that the crash was retaliation and not an accident.

As investigators continue to look into the incident, what charges could Stewart potentially face in the wake of Ward's death?

FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty isn't exactly a beauty contest, and being in the top echelons of sports-related legal action isn't exactly something to write home about.

This year, we covered a wide range of legal sports issues, including criminal allegations against Heisman winner Jameis Winston, along with lawsuits against the NFL and even the NCAA over concussions.

But a few legal sports stories -- some serious, and a few not-so-serious -- seemed to grab our readers' attention more than others. Here are the 10 most-viewed posts from our Tarnished Twenty blog in 2013:

A nasty divorce may not necessarily remain a secret, as NASCAR chief Brian France has learned. Court documents unsealed Wednesday reveal details of his finances and his acrimonious divorce.

The documents were finally obtained by the reporters after a five-year court battle. France wanted the divorce files kept under seal, reports The Charlotte Observer.

With nosy media types scrutinizing celebrities and their personal lives, is there a way to keep the details of a divorce under wraps?

Danica Patrick's Divorce Races Toward Settlement

NASCAR star Danica Patrick's divorce has gotten the green light from an Arizona judge, who signed off on the racecar driver's split from (now ex-)hubby Paul Hospenthal last week.

Patrick put the pedal to the metal to complete her uncontested divorce. The couple's community property will be divided pursuant to a settlement agreement that's yet to be submitted to the court. But Patrick pre-emptively put the brakes on dishing out more money by signing a prenup.

So how do prenuptial agreements work in Arizona?

Who's Liable for NASCAR Crash That Injured 28?

On the eve of the Daytona 500, a horrific multicar NASCAR crash at the Daytona International Speedway injured 28 fans.

The accident occurred on the final lap of a Nationwide Series race when Kyle Larson's car flew into the frontstretch catch fencing on the turn, reports ESPN. The front end of Larson's car was cut in half and pieces of the vehicle flew into the stands injuring fans.

Fourteen of the injured spectators were treated on site for relatively minor injuries. The other 14 injured spectators where were taken off-site including two fans who were in critical condition. As investigators continue to look into the accident, you may be wondering whether NASCAR bears any legal responsibility for the injuries.

The NHL lockout is finally over after 113 days. So hockey fans, all five of you, can rejoice.

While much of America may not have even noticed that there was no hockey, NHL players and team owners were busy working out a collective bargaining agreement through mediation that would meet players' demands and alleviate owners' concerns, Reuters reports.

Even if you are not a hockey fan, the process by which the two sides reached an agreement is common for workers everywhere. Here are three legal lessons from the NHL lockout and the mediation process:

Dan Wheldon Dead: Was Indy Car Track Too Crowded, Badly Designed?

IndyCar champ Dan Wheldon was killed over the weekend during a fiery crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The night prior, a number of racers, including Wheldon, raised concerns about the track's safety. The 1.5-mile oval is traditionally used for NASCAR races, which run at significantly lower speeds than an IndyCar that hits speeds of 220 mph.

With 34 drivers on the track, the IndyCars were just inches apart. As one commentator describes it, drivers who made a mistake had "nowhere to go."

Kyle Busch's License Suspended 45 Days: 128 mph in Lexus LFA

A North Carolina judge revoked NASCAR driver Kyle Busch's license for 45 days on Tuesday as a result of a May incident during which he was cited for reckless driving when officers clocked him going 128 in a 45 mile per hour zone.

Busch, who at the time was test driving a $400,000 Lexus LFA lent to him by teammate Denny Hamlin, will be able to continue racing, but should plan to be watched by the Iredell County judge, who also sentenced him to serve 1 year of unsupervised probation.