CHICAGO — A criminal charge dangling over Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife since 2012 was just dismissed by a judge in Chicago.
The charge of resisting arrest, punishable with up to one year in jail, was cleared during a short trial in a Cook County courtroom.
And ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches’ lawyer stopped just short of claiming that Wade, whose production in the latest NBA Finals was below average, orchestrated the well-publicized arrest to embarrass Funches as the two continue to battle over visitation of their two sons and their divorce settlement.
“This was a silly charge in the first place,” said Jon Erickson, Funches’ attorney. “This was the most ridiculous arrest I’d seen in my 25 years as a criminal defense attorney.”
Originally, Funches faced a child abduction rap when she was nabbed by Cook County Sheriff’s deputies at her Chicago home June 16, 2012.
Details of the arrest, including the fact she was injured, were leaked to tabloid websites minutes after it occurred!
By then, Funches had lost custody of the boys but she has visitation rights.
Wade told cops at the time she refused to return the children to him, which precipitated Funches’ arrest.
But while most charges were dropped by prosecutors, they wouldn’t dismiss the resisting allegation.
Prosecutors called three witnesses to testify at Thursday’s trial.
Among them was a former Chicagoland chief of police who happened to be Wade’s chief of security at the time — and who happened to be at the scene of the arrest!
“As a former employee of Mr. Wade, he wasn’t very credible,” Erickson said. “And his presence at the scene was pretty suspicious.”
Wade’s former high school sweetheart last week filed a federal lawsuit against Wade’s Chicago attorney and law enforcement officials for false arrest.