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Hope Solo Tries to Deflect Domestic Violence Charge

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 07:22 AM

Soccer star Hope Solo has asked a suburban Seattle court judge to dismiss a domestic violence charge against her because the two accusers – a half-sister and nephew – have been uncooperative in depositions.

According to the Seattle Times, Solo's attorney Todd Maybrown made the claim in Kirkland Municipal Court. He said the alleged victims have refused to sit down for pre-trial discovery and hampered him from preparing a defense for a scheduled Jan. 20 trial.

"The defense has been thwarted in these efforts and no interview and/or deposition has been completed," Maybrown wrote in his filing. "Such a dismissal is consistent with the interests of justice. Over the last several months, I have made countless attempts to schedule defense interviews and/or depositions."

Maybrown asked the court not to allow the two to testify in court "at a minimum" because of their alleged obstruction.

Solo is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and was considered one of the best female goalies in the world, according to the Washington Post.

Some have contrasted her domestic violence case in which she is accused of attacking her family members in an alleged alcohol-fueled fight with former NFL star Ray Rice. While Hope was allowed to play professionally, Rice was suspended by the league and faced a public outcry.

"The cases involving the NFL players and Solo are not entirely parallel, but the common thread of allegations of violence runs among them all," wrote USA Today's Christine Brennan. "Let's hope that U.S. Soccer and its corporate sponsors are not treating the situations differently because the alleged domestic abuser is a woman, not a man."

"The renowned U.S. women's national soccer team historically has stood for the principle of treating women athletes equally. That should be the case at all times, both good and bad," Brennan wrote.

Maybrown has charged that Hope, 33, who is married to former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, was the victim in the incident, saying she was defending herself after being attacked and is prepared to prove that in court, according to the Times.

Maybrown claimed that Solo's 6-foot-9, 280-pound nephew attacked her with a broom stick.

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Soccer star Hope Solo has asked a suburban Seattle court judge to dismiss a domestic violence charge against her because the two accusers – a half-sister and nephew – have been uncooperative in depositions.
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