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Charges dropped against blogger, former Phoenix detective

• Arizona Republic

Mehrens added that that the prosecutors' decision to drop the charges highlighted one of the "most slanted, biased investigations" he'd ever seen.

"(Barnes) feels somewhat vindicated, but he feels . . . they'll just keep going back and back to bring him to his knees," Mehrens said.

"The brass at the police department does not want a Web site criticizing them," he said. "They don't believe the First Amendment applies to them."