The Montgomery County state's attorney's office notified Bethesda lawyer and tax activist Robin Ficker yesterday that it plans to drop a battery charge filed against him last summer after an altercation with a pregnant motorist.
Ficker, 53, was convicted in February in District Court of battery and destruction of property in the incident, but he appealed. In the second trial, a Circuit Court jury acquitted him of destruction of property but was unable to reach a verdict on the battery count, deadlocking 10 to 2 in favor of acquittal.
Motorist Caroline Taylor Goldman testified that Ficker struck her Jeep in the rear and then angrily erupted when she tried to get his name and telephone number. She said he jabbed her with his hand, breaking her glasses and bruising her.
The case had been scheduled to go to trial again July 30, but prosecutors said they would drop the battery charge on or before that date, said Ficker, known for his heckling of opponents of the Washington Bullets at USAir Arena.
"The whole incident was unfortunate," Ficker said. "The knocking off of her glasses was a complete accident, and I offered to pay for them initially. She rejected that and insisted on going to court and pressing criminal charges."
"I'm thankful that the jury saw the truth in the matter," Ficker said. "It was a very difficult time for me. . . . I'm just glad it's all over."
Goldman said that she, too, was glad to see the case finished but that she had mixed feelings. "I'm sorry justice wasn't served. It was one thing to get hit by him, but then I got beaten up by his attorney. Who wants to go through that again?"