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NY Pays Out to Arrested Convention Protesters
Fri Apr 15, 2005 07:21 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 100 protesters arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention that nominated President Bush reached a $230,000 settlement on Friday with New York City.
The city agreed to pay $150 to 108 people arrested during protests against Bush administration policies at last summer's convention. A further $215,000 will be paid by the city to cover their legal fees, bringing the total to $231,200.

The settlement stemmed from a contempt of court order issued by State Supreme Court Judge John Cataldo, who said the city should release hundreds of protesters still in custody on Sept. 2, 2004 after being detained more than 24 hours during the convention.

After police failed to comply the judge held the city in contempt.

Gail Donoghue, special counsel for the city, said the settlement did not mean a finding or admission of wrongdoing by the city.

But lawyers for the protesters and civil rights organizations called the settlement a symbolic victory and a sign of larger payments to come from up to 100 lawsuits still pending that contain more serious charges of wrongful arrest.
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