Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A Raleigh County magistrate has dismissed two charges against former Rep. Ken Hechler stemming from his arrest in June at a protest against mountaintop removal mining.
Hechler was arrested June 23 with 30 other people outside a Massey Energy Coal Preparation Plant next to an elementary school.
He pleaded guilty on July 1 to impeding traffic and obstructing an officer.
Raleigh County Prosecutor Kristen Keller's office said Thursday a magistrate dismissed the charges, based on a motion filed by Keller.
Hechler said he provided the prosecutor with a videotape, which he said proved had not broken either law.
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