Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Chip Pickering's assault charges dismissed

The Clarion-Ledger is reporting that the charges related to the brawl between former Rep. Chip Pickering and soccer coach Chris Hester have been dismissed.  Both parties agreed to the resolution, with Chip Pickering saying:
“I regret very much this episode,” Pickering said. “I was trying to protect my son and I believe he was trying to protect one of his players. 
"I think all of us — I know I have — have learned a lesson from this.”
The interesting part, though, is this:
Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Hester’s attorney, Mac McCool, said his client has medical expenses related to the incident and lost time from his job.
That tends to conflict with what McCool says later in the story:
McCool said his client decided to drop the charge against Pickering because “we didn’t want to bring a bunch of 11- and 12-year-olds up here to testify in court.”
My best guess is this is the last we'll hear of this incident.  If anything goes forward on the lost wages and medical expenses, it will most likely be handled pre-suit, leaving us no paper trail to follow.

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