BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Evander Kane’s case is one step closer to being dismissed. Today he accepted ACD – adjournment in contemplation of dismissal – meaning if Kane, 25, doesn’t have any legal issues for the next six months, the charges will be dismissed and the cases will be sealed.
These cases involve harassment and trespassing charges stemming from an alleged incident that happened in June at Bottoms Up- a bar on Chippewa.
According to the complaint- Kane grabbed three women at the bar that night then had a run in with bouncers while they were trying to remove him from the bar. Police recovered surveillance video from the bar showing the incident unfolding. The DA saying police spent several hours pouring over evidence like the surveillance video.
Acting DA Michael Flaherty calling Kane’s behavior on the video boorish and arrogant; adding ACD is frequently granted to defendants who don’t have lengthy criminal histories and that’s why Kane received the delayed dismissal. Flaherty believes his office handled the Sabres winger’s case fairly and say Kane hasn’t been treated any differently due to his status.
“This type of activity in bars happens every weekend,” said Michael Flaherty, Erie County’s acting District Attorney. ” As things go, this was as low level an offense as we receive. He was accused of grabbing a girl by her hair and other physical contact with three young women. None on which rose the level of criminal complaint.”
“It’s an appropriate decision,” said Paul Cambria, Evander Kane’s defense attorney. “It doesn’t get any better than a dismissal so we’re pleased with the fact the DA treated it like everyone else’s case with the same charges.”
Kane’s attorney, Cambria, saying he believes his client will not have any issues making it six months without any other legal problems; saying Kane is looking forward to putting this behind him and focusing on hockey.
None of the alleged victims have requested an order of protection against the Sabres star.
Cambria saying he doesn’t think any civil suits will come from these allegations against Kane.
Kane is still facing a civil suit and a counterclaim for an incident that happened in December 2015. When in Winnipeg, Kane faced assault allegations for an incident there.