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Barry Attorney Says Stalking Allegations Are False

D.C. Council member Marion Barry was planning to spend July 4 in Rehoboth Beach with an ex-girlfriend but returned with the woman to Washington Saturday afternoon, hours before being arrested for allegedly stalking her, Barry's lawyer said this morning.

The attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., told reporters the stalking charge has no merit and therefore should not impact the former mayor's probation for tax violations.

"If we are forced to proceed forward in court we will prove that [the charges] are false," Cooke said, adding that he hoped prosecutors would simply drop the charges. " . . . because it is my belief that this charge will not stand up, that there will be no prosecution and certainly no conviction, I believe it will have zero effect on Mr. Barry's probation."

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By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 6, 2009; 11:54 AM ET
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