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Lawyer/blogger granted press pass

Jay Liner will receive a State House press pass after all.

Liner, a Pikesville lawyer and blogger, learned last week that he had been cleared for media credentials by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s press office. Liner had been denied a press pass in January and filed a lawsuit the following month to force the O’Malley administration to issue him media credentials. Liner said Friday he would drop his lawsuit, filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

The Department of General Services, which formally issues the press passes, told Liner he had to come to Annapolis to fill out the paperwork.

“They said the governor’s office has approved my application,” he said.

A spokesman for the governor’s office could not be reached Friday.

Liner, the self-described “Founder and Chief Protagonist” of The Baltimore Organ blog, said he plans to be in Annapolis during the General Assembly’s session next year. He also would like to follow through on his original reason for obtaining a press pass: to interview his friend and state senator, James Brochin, throughout the session on the legislative news of the day.

“I’m excited to prevail,” he said.