Charges dismissed against NY Times tech writer David Pogue and wife

Disorderly conduct charges filed against Westport resident David Pogue, the New York Times tech writer, and his wife Jennifer were thrown out Wednesday during their second appearance at state Superior Court in Norwalk.

Mark Sherman, the lawyer representing David Pogue, said earlier in the day he had hoped the charges would be dropped, and that Pogue and his soon-to-be ex-wife were getting along well since the incident, which took place May 16 at the Woody Lane home in Westport the couple used to share.

The dispute between Pogue, 48, and his 47-year-old wife, a former plastic surgeon, occurred after she paid a visit to the home on a night that Pogue had visitation rights with their three children.

An argument ensued, and Jennifer Pogue allegedly bit her husband's arm, police said. She said that Pogue took her iPhone and struck her in the head.

Pogue and his wife both were charged with disorderly conduct and released on promises to appear at court.

Sherman said he agreed with the prosecutor's decision to drop the case.

"David is very relieved to put this behind him. This was the best disposition we could ask for and he is looking forward to getting back to work without this distraction," Sherman said.

Jennifer Pogue's lawyer Wayne Keeney said he was also pleased.

"I think this was resolved in a sophisticated way, which meets the needs of the family," Keeney said.