Tennessee law on domestic violence is not strictly applied to relationships within a marriage, WKRN-TV reported. Northcott didn't address this in his remarks.
Chris Sanders, with the Tennessee Equality Project, told WTVF-TV he believes Northcott sounds like a "crackpot."
"When it happens, victims, survivors rely on those charged with enforcement of the law to protect them. And, in this case, it looks like we have a district attorney who is willfully ignoring the marital status, the relationships of members in our community, and not protecting them fully," Sanders said.
This isn’t Northcott’s first brush with controversy. In May, Northcott faced criticism for writing on Facebook that he believes all Muslims are “evil because they profess a commitment to an evil belief system," WTVF-TV reported.
In response, the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a complaint with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which regulates attorneys.
Northcott hasn’t responded to media requests for comment.