Hope Solo loses bid to have domestic violence case thrown out

Hope Solo has made more appearances and won more games than any goalkeeper in the history of the U.S. women¿s national team.
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Hope Solo, the record-setting goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team, has lost her bid to have a two-year domestic violence case thrown out of court, setting the stage for a trial in Washington state, according to Seattle TV station KOMO.

No trial date has been set and Solo can appeal Wednesday’s decision to the state Supreme Court.

The U.S. women’s team, and Solo, are scheduled to defend their Olympic soccer title in August in Brazil.


A spokeswoman for Solo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Solo, 33, allegedly assaulted her nephew and half-sister in 2014 and was charged with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence. The case was dismissed on procedural grounds in January 2015 after prosecution witnesses ignored a court order and refused to be interviewed by defense attorneys.

Prosecutors for the city of Kirkland appealed that decision and the charges were reinstated in October. Solo responded with a discretionary review of the decision to reinstate charges, alleging government misconduct in how the case was handled. That request was denied by the state appeals court.

Solo has made more appearances and won more games than any goalkeeper in the history of the U.S. women’s national team. She was voted the outstanding player at her position in last year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada, which the U.S. won.


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