Petty Crime Charges Don’t Stick to Journal Reporter Doug Belkin

All of the charges against Doug Belkin, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was arrested while covering the Rod Blagojevich trial in July, were dismissed yesterday by a magistrate judge in U.S. Federal District Court.

Mr. Belkin faced two citations  for “disturbance” and for “disobeying signs and directions,” according to a spokesman for the U.S District Attorney’s office.

Mr. Belkin was taken into custody at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago after he disobeyed  orders from a security guard while attempting to interview one of the lawyers in the trial. “I told him three times to back up and he didn’t,” the security officer said at the time. “He put his hands on me.”

“We are gratified that the citations against Doug have been dropped, and this matter is now over,” a spokeswoman for The Journal told the Media Mob. We’ve reached out to Mr. Belkin, but haven’t heard anything back yet.