City Agrees to pay ACLU Legal Costs Over Plaza Issue

City Agrees to pay ACLU Legal Costs Over Plaza Issue

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Salt Lake City has agreed to pay the A-C-L-U 200-thousand dollars for its legal costs in its suit over free-speech rights on the Main Street plaza.

It will get the money only if the U-S Supreme Court does not overturn a lower court's ruling in the case.

The tenth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in October agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union the city could not give away speech rights on the public easement of the property it sold to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The case has been appealed by the church to the U-S Supreme Court. If that court refuses to hear the appeal, the city must pay up within two weeks. If the court hears it and overturns the tenth Circuit, the A-C-L-U does not get the money.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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