Judge dismisses domestic violence charges against Hope Solo

The case against the U.S. national team goalkeeper was deemed "impermissibly prejudiced" because of the witnesses' failure to cooperate.
A judge has dismissed the domestic violence charges against U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, one week before the trial was scheduled to begin.

Kirkland Municipal Court judge Michael J. Lambo declared that the case was "impermissibly prejudiced" because of the witnesses' failure to cooperate, according to Chris Daniels of Seattle's King 5 News. Solo was not present at Tuesday's hearing.

Solo was charged in June with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault after being accused of punching and tackling her 17-year-old nephew, as well as attacking his mother when she tried to break up the altercation.

Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, claimed she acted in self defense after her 6-foot-9, 280-pound nephew hit her with a broomstick.

"We're grateful that the court has dismissed the charges," Maybrown said in a video posted by Daniels. "If the case had been reviewed carefully at the outset, no charges would have been filed."

The 33-year-old, who has 159 caps, has remained with the U.S. team throughout its preparations for next summer's Women's World Cup in Canada.