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Doherty ducks drug charges on technicality

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LONDON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The latest drug charges against British rocker Pete Doherty have been dropped due to a legal technicality, TMZ. com reported Tuesday.

The Babyshambles singer was arrested in east London early Monday morning on suspicion of drug possession, just hours after he performed with his band at the V music festival.

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Kate Mossā€™ former boyfriend will not face further charges, however, because police failed to bring him before a judge within 24 hours of his arrest, as is mandated by law.

"Anyone arrested for a breach of bail must be brought before the court and dealt with in a 24-hour period," said Judge Susan Williams, as she released the troubled rocker.

Another judge threatened Doherty with jail time less than two weeks ago in a separate case.

It is unclear how his recent arrest will affect that case, in which he admitted driving illegally with crack, heroin, ketamine and pot.

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