Prostitution Charges Dismissed Against Former State Dem Leader

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Melvin "Butch" Hollowell says he's glad it's over.

A circuit court judge has thrown out a solicitation charge against the former Michigan Democratic Party chairman.

Judge Prentis Edwards ruled Wayne County deputies didn't have the authority to pull over Hollowell near his Detroit home in August.

The officers issued Hollowell a citation accusing him of soliciting a prostitute. They followed him after seeing him pick up a woman.

A district court judge initially rejected Hollowell's argument about the authority of the Wayne County sheriff. Hollowell then appealed to the Wayne County Circuit Court.