SL County Agrees to Pay Animal Activists

SL County Agrees to Pay Animal Activists

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two animal-rights activists will get a check for the county after they were forbidden by a sheriff's deputy from handing out literature in downtown Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake County has agreed to pay 5-hundred dollars each to the two animal-rights activists.

According to the settlement agreement, the county will also give 5-hundred dollars to the Utah Animal Rights Coalition and 10-thousand dollars in attorney fees and court costs.

U-A-R-C members, Aaron Lee and Peter Tucker, filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit after they were forced off public property in December. The two wanted to display a video and hand out pamphlets near Abravanel Hall.

They claimed a sheriff's deputy told them they could not demonstrate within one block of the hall.

The settlement acknowledges Lee and Tucker's "legal right to engage in free expression activities on the public sidewalks" outside the hall.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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