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Rekar charge dropped

Illinois hasn't the evidence to pursue domestic battery case, pitcher's attorney says.

By MARC TOPKIN

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 6, 2000


CLEVELAND -- Misdemeanor domestic battery charges against Bryan Rekar were dropped Tuesday, Rekar's attorney said.

"The state sought to dismiss the charges because they felt they were unable to make a case," Chicago attorney Daniel Collins said.

The charges stemmed from an Aug. 20 incident at the team's Chicago hotel. Hotel security summoned police to the room of Rekar and his wife, Jamie, and reported that Jamie was bleeding from the nose and had facial swelling. The police report also said that Rekar "hit the victim in the face with his forearm, causing the victim to bleed."

Jamie Rekar refused medical attention and declined to sign the arrest complaint at the time, indicating she did not want her husband to be arrested.

But because there were signs of physical abuse, the arresting officer was required under domestic case law to proceed with the charges.

Rekar, in a statement released through his agent, said: "Jamie and I are pleased that this unfortunate circumstance is over. I truly appreciate the way the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization handled this matter."

Asked for further comment, Rekar told the Times, "I'd like to have as much written about this being dismissed as when you made it big news. And now I don't ever have to talk to you again."

Representatives of the state attorney's office were unavailable to comment or confirm the developments.

The Devil Rays, who decided at the time to allow Rekar to keep pitching until the "judicial process has concluded," had no further comment Tuesday.

Collins said the state attorney's office decided to drop the charges after representatives spoke with the arresting officer and Jamie Rekar.

"I think the fact there is no history was one motivating factor for the state, and the fact that Jamie did not want to proceed with the case was another," Collins said. "There is no criticism of anybody. The police showed up, and they've got to make an arrest."

Collins said the state attorney's office sought permission from Cook County Judge John Tourtelot to dismiss the case on its own, not in response to a defense request. "When a case comes up in Cook County, the state has the option of going forward or asking the judge for permission to dismiss," Collins said. "They asked for permission because there is no case."

Collins said Rekar did not have to agree to counseling or any other type of program. "It's over," he said.

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