- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday evening that it has decided not to pursue stalking charges against D.C. Council Member Marion Barry.

The colorful former D.C. Mayor was arrested on July 4 by U.S. Park Police and charged with misdemeanor stalking.

“Following a review of the evidence relating to stalking allegations against Marion Barry and a careful analysis of the relevant factors, including the elements of the offense and the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has decided not to pursue stalking charges in this matter,” the press release said.

The arrest of Mr. Barry sparked a wild few days of accusations, counter-charges and drama.

The woman he was arrested for stalking, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, is a former girlfriend who had dined with Mr. Barry earlier in the day but was traveling to see fireworks with her former husband.

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