The lawyer who was representing the accuser in the Patrick Kane sexual assault investigation has withdrawn from the case. Thomas Eoannou, who had been representing the alleged victim since the investigation began last month, announced his decision on the basis of ethical reasons during a news conference Thursday night.
Accuser's attorney says he "no longer has confidence" in the version of events that were given to him. Quits Kane case for "ethical reasons"— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) September 25, 2015
The day before, Eoannou held a press conference to say that the alleged victim's mother had found what was believed to be an evidence bag from the investigation at her house. He requested an external investigation into how this could have happened, and Erie County district attorney Frank Sedita is set to hold a press conference Friday morning to discuss the claims of tampered of evidence. Both the Hamburg PD and Erie County Central Police Services have denied any issues in the handling of the case's evidence, which is in the police's possession.
Eoannou will no longer represent the accuser in the case because he "no longer has confidence" in the version of the story provided to him as to how the evidence bag was attained. He says he has no doubts about the alleged victim's claims of what happened on the night of the alleged crime, and says his ethical issues regarding the evidence bag are solely related to the alleged victim's mother. Still, he says his ethical obligations require him to step away.
Accuser's attorney says it is a real evidence bag, but "I know that I'm not comfortable with the version I received." #PatrickKane— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) September 25, 2015
Eoannou on if evidence bag mess calls accuser into question: "One has nothing to do w/ other." Said accuser not involved in bag situation.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 25, 2015
Eoannou: "This does not in any way reflect upon what occurred on the night in question." Evidence bag discovery was "misrepresented" to him.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) September 25, 2015
It's unclear where the case goes from here, but we should get more information during the press conference with Sedita on Friday. The Blackhawks will be playing the Montreal Canadiens in their third preseason game on Friday night. Kane will not be present, as he and many other veteran players did not travel for the exhibition contest.