Case Against Reyes Dropped Because Wife Won’t Cooperate

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kerri Glen of Maui said today that she’s dropping the case against Jose Reyes because his wife is refusing to cooperate.  Reyes was scheduled to go to trial on April 4th.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kerry Glen said she expects to file documents Wednesday to drop the case. Reyes’ wife won’t talk to prosecutors or return to Maui, she said.

“The complaining witness, Mr. Reyes’ wife, is what we call an uncooperative witness,” Glen said. “At this point, I have no other avenue for prosecution.”

Reyes was scheduled to go to trial April 4. He pleaded not guilty to abusing a family or household member. David Sereno, his Maui defense attorney, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Such is the extreme difficulty in prosecuting Domestic Violence cases.  Victims are often either too scared, or too traumatized to speak out against their tormentors.  It’s terribly sad, and unfortunately a problem that has yet to be solved.  Cases are incredibly difficult to prosecute without video evidence if the victim refuses to cooperate, and often DA’s are too concerned with maintaining their personal records to take a chance on a case they may lose. Forcing a victim to cooperate will not only backfire, but it’s cruel in that it causes the victim who’s already gone through a terrible ordeal into an even worse situation.

Glen will ask for the case to be dropped without prejudice, meaning she’ll have about two years from the date of the alleged offense to refile charges if Reyes’ wife eventually cooperates.

“For misdemeanor offenses, we cannot force an uncooperative witness to come back,” Glen said.

Reyes was placed on paid leave pending the resolution of the criminal proceedings.  Hopefully Rob Manfred picks up where the law failed.  You are officially on the clock.

21 thoughts on “Case Against Reyes Dropped Because Wife Won’t Cooperate

  1. Good job MLB, you’ve put the player’s wives in the same position the NFL has. Go to the cops and it’s possible your husband/bf/significant other loses his job. Don’t, and you don’t stop a domestic abuser.

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    1. to be fair, its the same position the state has put regular folks in.

      domestic violence is a bigger problem than the abuser. we have no social safety net in the US. most people can’t just walk away from someone after a fight.
      Not only that, being responsible for hanging a DV case on a person who is likely a significant source of income in your family, only to have that case negatively impact you and your families food/housing security is scary. sometimes scarier than getting hit every fortnight.

      we have a big problem.

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      1. Yes, but let’s be completely honest here… comparing someone like Jose Reyes, with almost $93M in career earnings, to the average working stiff who stands to lose his 30k a year job is an apples to oranges comparison. Job or no, Jose isn’t in any danger of going on food stamps anytime soon.

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      2. Exactly on point Clyde…also our national embarrassment of a governor has just cut the biggest mental health care facility in Portland funding and as a further insult some of the money that was going to women’s shelters.

        Over 400 mentally ill people, I would guess a good portion of anger management types have just been told to go fuck themselves and that doesn’t even include the underpaid, overwhelmed and over worked health care professionals who have to now leave the state to find work because the cuts are just starting.

        They just passed a emergency budget to beef up law enforcement to pretty much incarcerate all white users and kinda given the opportunity to probably shoot any POC dealers. What could possibly go fucking wrong?

        Well at least they are closing the methadone clinics…that’s sure to help the heroin epidemic!

        Just because I got a little pissed off typing this…I feel like I should leave this here…… Lepage was totally shlonging on Christies dick when he thought Christie had a chance as POTUS, maybe floating around a VP job or cabinet position and the thought of those two fat fucks looking into each other’s eyes, agreeing that they both are worse than Pol Pot and still groping each others camel toes while jamming tongues into each other’s fleshless lips while laughing at poor people is not enough to give you nightmare fuel, then I will add this…

        Lepage is about to become a power bottom to the sentient pumpkin inhabited by malignant poltergeist and because of term limits will fucking smile while he watched his own state burn! I digress.

        Glad to see you are around here more often, you always had a opinion that wether I agreed or not( 90% agree) it made me think! Double Cheers Clyde😊


        1. I have to say, Slappy, that you have a very special governor. Abbot frustrates and disgusts me as he barrels so far to the right that even Mussolini would be crowded trying to pass him.

          But Lepage is special. I think that guy lost most of his marbles at some point. A cautionary tale for the Democrats in Maine. If you can’t compromise on some of your internal squabbles, you risk the election of a real psycho from the other side.

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    2. These women are already scared. So many of them have children with these men. They have to choose between security and safety too often. It’s disgusting.

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      1. I’m not suggesting anything other than people should think more than 1 move ahead. This is exactly what happened with the NFL after the shitshow that was the Ray Rice case. A blind man could see this was going to happen.

        As for punishments, I’m not sure what’s the proper response. Although not sure why you mentioned jail time. MLB != a court of law.


        1. I’m not really sure what MLB would have or could have done differently here, or how it would in any way effect the criminal case against Jose Reyes. This is about the DA dropping a case because the victim refused to cooperate. MLB is powerless in that situation, and isn’t really involved at all.


        2. What COPO is saying, I think, is that MLB is taking the PR route rather than the constructive and productive route…just like the NFL did.

          Suspending a player or demonizing him so that he can never work again often is nearly as big a punishment for his wife and children as it is for him, whether she seeks a divorce or not. It isn’t just the player’s income they are taking away, it is the families income. Instead of playing justice system and doling out huge financial penalties and giving players pariah status, leagues could opt for counselling and family support, keep the player working so that there is no penalty to the family, and work to improve the domestic situations of the family….a lot of these guys had few positive male role models growing up or just have no idea how to act like an adult.

          Education and support is a better option than a stick.

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        3. Why can’t we do both? Educate, but punish offenders. Remember, this is a person who committed a violent crime here. It’s not like he was a habitual user of marijuana. He decided to physically abuse his wife.

          Second, my point is this is a failing of the criminal justice system. MLB had nothing to do with this. (MLB has yet to render any sort of punishment, and as written, their punishments are separate from any sort of legal proceedings, so it’s not like his wife refusing to cooperate is in any way affecting Reye’s employment status.) This is a result of a prosecutor who is too afraid to try a case she may lose, and may affect her career, than a system that is concerned with justice, or even preventing future VIOLENT crimes.

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        4. The justice system can punish. Private companies punish for PR reasons and for PR reasons only and those punishments aren’t designed to help anyone but the company.

          Have you every tried to teach anyone or even train a dog? Punishment doesn’t teach, transfer knowledge, or positively modify behavior. It just isn’t a constructive tool. Punishment doesn’t improve anything, which is why saying the goal of prison is to rehabilitate people is laughably stupid (something born out by how effective they are at keeping people from committing future crimes). Punishment may make you feel better, but that’s all it does (well, that, and prevent criminal acts against non-prisoners for some time period).

          Right now, essentially, all that happens is punishment from all sides with some basically worthless sympathizing for the victim that does nothing to outweigh the negative effects of the punishment on the victim and the rest of the family. There is just no positive to leagues punishing players for behavior…all it is, is a lazy public relations move…..and a move doesn’t only punish the player, but may also punish the victim.

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        5. Oh, I agree on thinking ahead. And, I mentioned jail, because you first mentioned cops and courts, before MLB.

          And, sometimes, there are no “good” choices. There’s a “less bad” and a “more bad.”


        6. @scoutsaysweitersisabust, its not just being afraid to lose, its having no case. Without the ONLY witness to any sort of battery, there is no evidence to present. the prosecutor has no witnesses to call. If you call hotel staff that saw injuries, there still is no evidence of how the injuries occurred.

          can’t call the police and have them parrot what was told to them, that violates our right to confront and cross examine our accusers.

          I am guessing, like California, there is a statute that allows DV victims to refuse to cooperate without further punishment.

          Anger management is the key, but how to deliver the message to most abusers is the question


        7. Out of curiosity, clyde, why can’t they use the record and testimony available, and if Reyes wants to face his accusers, he is welcome to question the security guards, police officers and etc who are witnesses to the injury and the allegations the wife made then. If Reyes wants to challenge his wife about the report/allegations she made, too, he’s welcome to call her as a witness to explain the record (which he likely won’t do — leaving the record to speak for itself).


        8. @historiophiliac the hotel staff can testify to what they saw. or heard from reyes.the police can also testify to what they observed. But injuries unto themselves are not the corpus of a crime.

          The statements of Mrs. Reyes are hearsay. Hearsay has long been disallowed in courts. Hearsay is an out of court statement offered for the truth of the matter at hand.

          the right to confront the witnesses is in the bill of rights. the reason/theory behind it, is whatever statement is made to third parties are suspect. an accuser may have a bias, inability to perceive, or another flaw in their observation. they may have left out important details that can be exposed in court.

          making Reyes call the witness to disprove the reports would be shifting the burden of proof to the defendant.


        9. How about they put the carrot before the stick and just say” Please testify and we will set up a safe place and if your testimony is true and you put your husband in jail, you get the money from his contract if he/she is found guilty” and see where the chips fall. Given how wealthy athletes have a much better record of getting away with everything, I doubt that this would be abused.

          The ONLY reason that they would go through with it is if it’s true. I’m probably wrong, but it would do a hell of a lot better than what they got now and it would set a precedent for professional sports in general and think of the PR?

          NFL= Goodell is the target for the league and as such he gets the dartboard treatment and some of us still buy season tickets ( obviously not me) because he’s the blame and the owners are sacrosanct!

          NBA= not quite sure but if it comes up, they usually go under the radar with obvious exception.

          NHL= I had to add NHL to my spell check, so no opinion.

          I just don’t see a downside for what I first proposed. It may be a dead thread, so I may not get opposition, but I would love to have any feedback!


        10. This is an area of the law to me that I think tradition has made largely unfixable because of the failures of the participants. I think this is a problem that will never be fixed precisely because of your response, clyde. And it’s depressing as hell. I think there are other ways to read the law on that but it won’t ever happen.


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