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Charges dropped against reporter covering Blago
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Published: 9/15/2010 3:18 PM

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Charges have been dropped against a 42-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in July as he covered the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The U.S. Marshals office had accused Douglas Belkin of leaving a designated reporters' area at a Chicago courthouse to pursue an interview and then not heeding orders to stop.

U.S. Attorney's office spokesman Randall Samborn says Belkin faced two petty citations -- one for disturbance and another for disobeying signs and directions.

A magistrate judge dismissed both citations earlier this week at the government's request.

The Wall Street Journal said after Belkin's arrest that he was wrongfully detained while doing routine newsgathering. In a statement this week, the newspaper said it's glad the matter is now over.