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Chicago cop assault charge overturned


DES MOINES (AP) -- The Iowa Court of Appeals has ordered that a Chicago police officer jailed in the assault of Iowa man be freed from prison.

In its ruling Wednesday, the appeals court says there wasn't enough evidence for a Dubuque County district court judge to find that Michael Mette could have retreated from the altercation on Oct. 9, 2005, in Dubuque.

Mette was arrested after he punched Jake Gothard, fracturing his nose, cheek and jaw.

Mette's lawyer argued that he only struck back after Gothard pushed him three times.

Prominent Illinois officials, including Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine and Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis, had called for Mette's release.

The appeals court finds in its ruling that prosecutors did not meet the burden of proof. It sends the case back to district court for acquittal.

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