Former SA senator’s trial stalled

Assault charges against a former Student Association senator have been dimissed until prosecutors decide to proceed with the case, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

On April 14, senior Isabella Bacardi was set to stand trial for simple assault after allegedly breaking a glass object over another female patron’s head at McFadden’s Saloon last October. Instead, prosecutor Angela Pegram, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, said the case is dismissed until the government moves forward.

Pegram said she was not at liberty to discuss the details of the case because it was still open, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Albert Herring said the trial didn’t occur because the government was not ready to prosecute Bacardi on that day.

“Dismissed for want of prosecution means the government is not in a position to move forward,” Herring said, referring to the official status of the case. “In this case, a witness was not available for the trial because there was a scheduling conflict.”

Herring said the case can be brought back to the courts by the government “whenever they want” and “without prejudice,” meaning the judge is legally obligated not to take the delay into account.

“The ball is in the government’s court to reopen the case,” Herring said.

Bacardi, who served as the SA senator from the School of Public Health and Health Services for two terms, refused to comment on the court’s decision. Her lawyer, James O’Dea, did not return several phone calls from The Hatchet.

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