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Patrick Kane's lawyer says case is 'forever tainted'

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Patrick Kane's lawyer says case is 'forever tainted'

Not long after the lawyer of Patrick Kane’s accuser withdrew from the case over “misrepresentations” about an evidence bag that was allegedly tampered with, Kane’s lawyer said the case should be stopped because the integrity of it is “forever tainted.”

Attorney Thomas Eoannou, who was representing the woman who is accusing Kane of rape, announced Thursday evening he was withdrawing from the case because there “may have been fabrications” as to how an evidence bag ended up at the house of the accuser’s mother.

“I received the storyline from the mother, and I'm not comfortable with that version of events,” Eoannou said.

Paul Cambria, who is representing Kane in the investigation, said a few minutes later that the integrity of the case has been “completely undermined” by the fabricated evidence claims.

Cambria said he hadn’t spoken to Kane at the time of his news conference, but he planned to do so. Kane has been at Blackhawks training camp since it began last week.

Asked if he would try to get the case dismissed, Cambria said, “if I didn’t each and every day dedicate myself to having charges dismissed, I shouldn’t be a defense lawyer.”

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita is scheduled to hold a press conference at 10 a.m. CT on Friday regarding the tampered evidence. You can watch it on CSN and CSNChicago.com.

"I’m convinced he'll thoroughly investigate this, that he’ll hold those accountable who are responsible,” Cambria said of Sedita. “It’s clear from Eoannou’s comments a misrepresentation was made.”

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.

Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

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Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.

Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.

Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.