Prosecutors Drop Stalking Charges Against Barry

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2009 6:31 PM CDT
Prosecutors Drop Stalking Charges Against Barry
Mayor Marion laughs during a news conference July 6.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Close another chapter in the Marion Barry files. Federal prosecutors are dropping stalking charges against the former DC mayor and current councilman, reports the Washington Post. The move follows a bizarre chain of events in which his ex-girlfriend flagged down US Park Police late Saturday to accuse Barry, 73, of stalking her.

Barry and Donna Watts-Brighthaupt had set off earlier in the day for a trip to Delaware but got into an argument over lunch and returned to DC. The US Attorneys Office said it was dropping the case after a review of the evidence. Barry, meanwhile, remains on probation for failing to pay federal taxes. (Read more Marion Barry stories.)

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