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Judge throws out protest citation

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County judge struck down permitting rules being used to prosecute protesters at the state Capitol.

Wednesday, judge John Markson dismissed a ticket given to Michael Crute back in August of 2013, saying state rules requiring protesters to obtain a permit were unconstitutional.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the ruling has a limited effect because of a settlement in a prior case.

To settle a federal free speech lawsuit, Governor Walker's administration agreed in October to pay more than $88,000 in attorneys fees and drop its requirement that larger groups protesting in the Capitol receive a permit.

However, the administration and the Wisconsin Department of Justice have continued to pursue outstanding citations issued before the settlement.

The state Justice Department says it's reviewing the ruling.


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