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Virginia judge dismisses charge against Rep. Ryan

Associated Press Published: December 6, 2012 4:00 AM

A judge in Virginia has dismissed a public intoxication charge against U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of northeast Ohio.

The judge in Lexington, Va., tossed out the misdemeanor case Tuesday. Ryan didn't attend the hearing.

His office said he had been charged with public intoxication on Aug. 25 while attending a staff member's wedding in western Virginia.

Police wouldn't release any other details.

A spokesman for the Democrat from the Warren-Youngstown areat said Ryan denied all along that he had been intoxicated, and they're glad the court agreed.

Ryan was first elected to Congress in 2002 and easily won a sixth term just a month ago.

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anonymous Dec 6, 2012 5:42 AM

Why didn't the Record Courier publish his arrest in August, before the election?