In a motion filed on Wednesday afternoon, Hope Solo's attorney asked that her domestic violence charges be dismissed on the grounds that neither alleged victim is complying with a court order to be deposed, espnW has learned.
Todd Maybrown, Solo's lawyer, argued in the motion that the alleged victims -- Solo's half-sister, Teresa Obert, and Obert's 17-year-old nephew -- have not shown up for two scheduled depositions in advance of her January 20 hearing in Kirkland, Washington. Solo, the longtime goalie for the U.S. women's national soccer team, is charged with misdemeanor domestic violence charges from the June incident, in which she allegedly attacked her nephew during a despute at Obert's house. In the motion filed earlier today, Maybrown also makes the case that Solo was the victim in the physical altercation, not her family members.
The motion will be considered by Judge Michael Lambo, who presided over the 2012 trial of Solo's then-fiance (now husband), Jerramy Stevens, who had been charged with assaulting Solo and her brother, Marcus. But, in response to a motion to dismiss by Maybrown, Lambo dismissed that case, saying there was a lack of evidence connecting Stevens to an assault, also noting "noncooperation of the witnesses against Stevens (including Solo and her brother)."
Solo has remained on the U.S. team roster since her arrest. Earlier in the day, Solo was in the lineup as the U.S. tied China, 1-1, in a tournament in Brazil.