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US soccer star Hope Solo fails in bid to have assault charges tossed out

  • Solo’s 2014 domestic violence case still on track for trial
  • US women’s national team goalie preparing for Olympics in Rio

Hope Solo, the US women’s team goalkeeper and one of the top stars in women’s soccer, has been denied a request to have her June 2014 assault charges dismissed, meaning the case should move forward to trial.

In June 2014, Solo was charged in Washington state with two counts of domestic violence – one against half-sister Teresa Obert and one against Obert’s son, who was 17 at the time. But the charges were dismissed in January 2015 on procedural grounds, after witnesses for the prosecution refused multiple times to cooperate with Solo’s defense team. City prosecutors, however, appealed the dismissal and filed a motion to have the misdemeanor case reinstated, which a higher court granted in October.

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