Editor of 'The Examiner' of Baltimore Cleared Of Assault Charges

By: E&P Staff Frank J. Keegan, the editor of The Examiner of Baltimore, Md., has been
cleared of criminal assault charges, The Sun of Baltimore reported today.

Keegan, 58, was facing three counts of second-degree assault and three
counts of assault with intent to injure stemming from a May 24 incident in which Keegan brandished a gun during a dispute with his neighbor over
cigarette smoke. The neighbor had confronted Keegan over cigarette smoke that was wafting from the latter?s row house into the neighbor?s home, causing his daughter to have trouble breathing.

Assistant State?s Attorney Bill Ebaugh told District Judge Charlotte M.
Cooksey that the charges against Keegan were dropped ?in the interests of justice?after consultation with the victim and the victim?s family.?

Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for the city state?s attorney office, told
the Sun in an e-mail yesterday that ?following a review by prosecutors to
determine whether the case was viable, and after speaking with the victims, the matter was resolved between the parties. I understand from prosecutors that the case had certain weaknesses.?

Asked for a reaction as he left the courtroom, Keegan told a Sun reporter,
"Read about it in The Examiner."


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