It's official: no rape charges against Patrick Kane

The Erie County District Attorney has announced that no rape charges will be filed against Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. Moreover, it seems that the evidence actually supports his innocence.

The statement issued to the press by the DA's office includes the following reasons:

◾There are significant material inconsistencies between the complainant’s accounts and those of other witnesses.

◾The DNA results lend no corroboration whatsoever to the complainant’s claim of penetration, a required element of proof for a rape charge.

◾The physical evidence and the forensic evidence, when viewed in tandem, tend to contradict the complainant’s claim that she was raped on Kane’s bed.

◾Although Kane has exercised his constitutional right to remain silent (which prohibits questioning by law enforcement), he has made no known incriminating statements to any civilian, nor has he engaged in any conduct consistent with a consciousness of guilt.

The statement also said that given the decision by the complainant not to cooperate further with the investigation also was a factor in the decision.

Now hopefully we can concentrate on hockey.