B. Jackson is cleared of assault charge

Judge rules evidence insufficient against Raven

January 10, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Baltimore County Circuit judge cleared Ravens linebacker Brad Jackson yesterday of an assault charge filed by the mother of his two children.

Judge Robert E. Cahill Sr. ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove that Jackson assaulted Gretchen Kocher during an exchange of their children outside her Owings Mills apartment on New Year's Eve.

Kocher had sought an order requiring Jackson to attend counseling and surrender a handgun. She said she was afraid of Jackson and alleged that on the day of the incident, he became angry at comments she made, slapped her as she sat in her car and opened her car door so that his wife could jump in and attack her.

At a hearing yesterday, Kocher's attorney, J. Allan Cohen, submitted photos taken after the incident that showed scratches on Kocher's hands and face.

But Jonathan S. Greene, Jackson's attorney, argued that Kocher assaulted Jackson's wife and that a police officer who investigated the incident declined to file criminal charges. Greene also said that Jackson surrendered his handgun to police several years ago.

Cahill said testimony showed that Kocher was unafraid of Jackson, that she provoked Jackson by making derogatory comments about his wife, and that Jackson's wife caused Kocher's injuries.

Jackson and Kocher are involved in a legal dispute over custody of the two children, ages 5 and 3.

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