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Part of Alfredo Simon’s legal problems are over

Feb 25, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

Unfortunately for him, it’s the far less scary part: the civil lawsuit filed against him by the victim’s family has been dropped.

With the outrageously large caveat that the Dominican Republic legal system is different than our own, I’ll note that you often see this sort of thing happen right before charges are dropped because those settling suddenly become far less cooperative than they used to be. Not that the settlement buys silence — oh, heavens no, that would be illegal! — but because, well, it just sort of happens that way.

But then again, the prosecutor in this case may not need cooperation from the victim’s family. He’s banking on ballistics testing, not solely eyewitness testimony. And he says he’s pressing on.

  1. Walk - Feb 25, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    The tests on the gun simon turned in did not match, at least thats what an earlier story stated. Do they now have another gun? Oh well one should never let the facts get in the way of a good prosecution.(SET SNARK FACTOR TO 0) And holy crap i was kidding, just had to add that to cut off the next 6 posts, wont stop the ones that read first sentence only, should get about 3-4 of those posts though.

    • cur68 - Feb 25, 2011 at 8:25 PM

      Nah Walk, that’s right on, what you said. I been following this one for a while and no 1 has as yet to mention a 2nd weapon. Pity chrsny3 doesn’t comment here; he knows all things law-like. What’s the rules Dominica way? You gotta get stuff like evidence and such or can you hold a guy with no ballistic match to the murder weapon, some circumstance, no real witness any more etc? I mean if the guy was, like, famous and such, you can just hold him cause you want to, or do you need to have anything tangible on him?
      This thing is a hair ball and I feel for this kid being in the middle of it. If he did something to cause another’s death, show some proof otherwise let him get on with his life.

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