FREDERICTON – Police and justice officials in New Brunswick have decided not to proceed with a charge against a well-known blogger in connection with an incident at the provincial legislature in May.
Charles LeBlanc was arrested May 16 on the grounds of the legislature in Fredericton, where he has been banned since 2006.
He was accused of assault by trespass, which alleges he did not comply with a request by security officials to leave.
Fredericton police asked the RCMP to investigate.
Cpl. Chantal Farrah says after reviewing videos and questioning witnesses, the Mounties decided not to lay charges.
LeBlanc says he was just waiting to interview a member of the legislature when the incident occurred.
His lawyer, Steven Foulds, says LeBlanc has been on the property hundreds of times and he wants to know why the ban was enforced that day.
Just days before the incident, justice officials decided not to proceed with a libel charge over comments LeBlanc posted on his website about a Fredericton police officer.
A former New Brunswick ombudsman has agreed to oversee an external review of how the Fredericton police handled that investigation.