Ficker Not Guilty of Malicious Destruction
Wagner, Arlo, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
A Montgomery County Circuit Court jury yesterday found Robin Ficker, a local political gadfly and Washington Bullets fanatical fan, not guilty of malicious destruction but could not agree on battery of a pregnant woman 10 months ago.
Mr. Ficker, most widely known for excessive heckling of the Bullets' opponents, was appealing guilty verdicts on the two charges returned Feb. 28 by District Judge Cornelius J. Vaughey.
The jury deliberated more than four hours before telling Circuit Judge Louise Scrivner they voted unanimously for acquittal on the malicious destruction charge but were hopelessly deadlocked 10-2 on acquittal of the assault and battery charge.
Assistant State's Attorney George Simms must decide if a third trial shall be scheduled for Mr. Ficker or if the battery charge shall be dropped.
The charges arose out of a traffic incident Aug. 3 as Mr. Ficker and two sons, returning from a vacation in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, were driving to Holy Cross Hospital where Mr. Ficker's father died of a stroke 12 hours later. …