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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

CrimProf Byron Warnken Analyzed the Law Behind Editor's Dropped Charges

Warnken From baltimoresun.com: University of Baltimore CrimProf Byron L. Warnken previously discussed the case in which Prosecutors decided today to drop criminal assault charges filed against Frank J. Keegan, the editor of the Baltimore Examiner who was arrested in May after police said he pointed a gun at his neighbors during a dispute over cigarette smoke.

Warnken said in May that prosecutors would probably try to prove the second-degree assault charge using an element of the law that prohibits actions intended to frighten by threatening the possibility of immediate harm.

Warnken said Keegan could defend himself by stating that it was reasonable to respond to someone "pounding" on his front door by bringing a weapon. The law permits such an action if a judge or jury finds the defendant's actions were justified.  Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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