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Charges Against BYU Student Journalist Dropped

Charges Against BYU Student Journalist Dropped

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Police have dropped their case against a Brigham Young University student journalist arrested on campus after he tried to videotape an officer issuing a jaywalking citation to another student.

BYU Police Chief Larry Stott says the decision yesterday is the equivalent of an officer tearing up a speeding ticket, and the citation for trespassing and interfering with a police officer given to 32-year-old Clif Kelly won't be forwarded to the courts.

As a First Amendment issue, Kelly's case drew the attention of the Society of Professional Journalists, which offered one-thousand dollars toward his legal representation.

Kelly maintained that he identified himself as a student journalist working on a story and complied when the officer asked him to back up. But when Kelly refused to cross the street, the campus officer called for backup. He ended up handcuffed and taken into custody.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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