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Judge Overturns Cleveland Protest Rules For RNC

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A federal judge has ruled the City of Cleveland's regulations governing protests and marches during next month's Republican National Convention infringe on free expression. The judge has ordered the city and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio to begin negotiating with a mediator. The organization sued the city on behalf of two groups planning protests and marches, as well as an advocacy group for the homeless. ACLU spokesperson Stephen David says the organization will comply.

The judge also ruled the size of the city's security zone is "unusually large," and says the parade route for protesters and time limits are "not sufficient." And the judge says this week's championship parade is proof larger events can be conducted safely.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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