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* Tom Cable Raiders Coach Will Not Be Charged With Assault

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Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said this afternoon his office will not file charges against Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable in connection with allegations that he assaulted Assistant Coach Randy Hanson in August. Lieberstein said a review of the most credible evidence and the likely testimony at a trial would establish there were no blows or punches thrown at or near Hanson at the Raiders’ training camp in Napa on Aug. 5, nor did Cable make any verbal threats. Lieberstein said three other witnesses in addition to Cable presented credible evidence to that effect.In a statement released to the media, Lieberstein said “Based on our review, it appears that during a discussion amongst coaches and Mr. Cable regarding Mr. Hanson’s future with the Oakland Raiders, Mr. Cable became angry and rushed toward Mr. Hanson.”At that juncture, one of the other coaches in the room stepped in between the two and Mr. Cable bumped into him, which in turn caused that coach to bump into Mr. Hanson’s chair in which he was leaning back, with his feet upon the table. As a result of the force, Mr. Hanson fell over, at which time he most likely fractured his jaw,” Lieberstein said.”I have no idea how he broke his jaw,”Lieberstein told reporters at today’s press conference. “Something happened when he fell off his chair. It happened so quickly I don’t think even he (Hanson) has a good idea what happened,” Lieberstein said.In his statement, Lieberstein said “This conclusion is supported by the statements of three independent witnesses present in the room, including and especially the coach who bumped into Mr. Hanson’s chair. The same witness did state that after Mr. Hanson was on the ground, Mr. Cable grabbed him by the shirt. The witness also made it clear, however, that at no time during this incident did Mr. Cable strike Mr. Hanson,” Lieberstein said.The history of the investigation was “another significant factor” in the decision not to prosecute Cable, who was never interviewed, Lieberstein said.In his statement Lieberstein said “the incident was not reported to police. Later that night, Mr. Hanson went to Queen of the Valley Hospital for examination. He told them that he had been assaulted, but refused to provide details and, when advised that police would have to be notified per California law, he objected.”When police arrived, Mr. Hanson gave them very few details, refusing to give them important information such as identifying the alleged attacker. As a result of his lack of cooperation, police were unable to locate the room where this had taken place and process it for physical evidence that might have assisted in determining what happened,” Lieberstein said.Lieberstein said that between Aug. 5 and the end of September, Hanson declined to be interviewed by police and when he did go for an interview, he did so with his attorney. Hanson refused to explain why he previously refused the Napa Police Department’s earlier attempts to obtain a statement from him, Lieberstein said. Hanson said he was there because police asked him to come, and his attorney advised him to do so.The interview Hanson gave to police was inconsistent with the original short statement he made, leaving out significant facts such as what was taking place prior to Cable moving toward him, Lieberstein said.Within the past week and a half, Hanson showed up unannounced at the police department and made a statement to the effect that since the Raiders had not given him what he asked for,he would now fully cooperate with the prosecution, Lieberstein said.”A follow-up interview with Mr. Hanson yesterday afternoon failed to clear up the significant inconsistencies in his prior statements,” Lieberstein said in his statement.”All of these facts and more would be before a jury including the history, the inconsistent statements, and the lack of any evidence from the room in the event that criminal charges would have been filed. Furthermore, felonious assaults require that the assault be willful. The evidence is overwhelming that Mr. Cable did not intend to inflict the injuries suffered,” Lieberstein said. “There was a fracture that did occur, but it was not the result of an intended act by Mr.Cable,” Lieberstein told reporters this afternoon.”We can’t prove it was willful. We can’t just throw it by a jury and see what happens,” Lieberstein said Lieberstein said the Napa Police Department, which referred the case to his office, “was of the same mind” regarding his decision not to file
charges.

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