San Jose: No Trial for Magnate Accused of Assaulting Wife

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    Felipe Escamilla
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    A judge has dismissed all charges against a Silicon Valley real estate magnate whose wife accused him of chaining her to a bed for two days while she was pregnant and sexually assaulting her with a golf putter.

    The San Jose Mercury News reports Santa Clara County Judge Ron M. Del Pozzo said Monday that Ellena Berg "is not worthy of belief."

    The judge said he and the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office concluded independently that there is not enough evidence to hold 74-year-old Clyde Berg for trial.

    He was arrested last fall after police found 37-year-old Elena Berg bloodied and bound in the couple's San Jose home.

    Clyde Berg claimed he was the victim of a scam to get around a restrictive prenuptial agreement.

    Jenny Brandt, Ellena Berg's attorney, said she was "incredibly disappointed."