A Buffalo judge ruled last night to drop all charges against Evander Kane resulting from incidents at a West Chippewa bar back in June 2016. The trespassing and harassment charges against the winger have been dismissed. There was an altercation between Kane and two women, and then separately with a bouncer who got involved.
The crime reports were thrown out of court by a Buffalo City Court, his attorney Paul Cambria confirmed. He went on to add that this was a result of a plea agreement* the parties had agreed to in October with Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee, who at the time had ordered an adjournment before dismissing the charges yesterday.
"The time period expired and so the charges were dismissed and the record sealed," said Cambria.
The Buffalo Sabres player had been charged with misdemeanor trespass, and additional noncriminal disorderly conduct and harassment violations related to the incidents, where Kane had been alleged to grab the women and pull them by the hair, and then refused to comply with the bouncer’s request to him to leave.
Kane didn’t speak directly to the media at the time, but his lawyer Cambria was vociferous in his denial of the portrayal of his client.
The dismissal should result in lifting of a cloud that has hung over Kane for months now, with speculation that his trade value was likely affected at the deadline over his misdemeanor issues. However, the winger also played some of the best hockey of his career in the winter-spring period, including being one of the top 5-vs-5 forwards in the League in a three month stretch from December onwards.
*While we were not privy to the exact wording of the court ruling, DBTB reader Temson speculated that this might have been an ACD (adjournment in contemplation of dismissal) and not a plea deal.
By definition, from Wikipedia -
In United States criminal law, adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD or ACOD) may be offered to a defendant in the interest of justice with a view toward ultimate dismissal of the charge The judgeusually adjourns the case for a period of six months (sometimes a year) after which time the case will be dismissed as long as the defendant has stayed out of trouble (i.e., has not gotten arrested again). It is neither a form of probation, nor a conviction.