Judge Throws Out Wis. Capitol Protest Case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has struck down permit rules being used to prosecute outstanding tickets against Wisconsin Capitol protesters.

A Dane County judge Wednesday dismissed a ticket against Michael Crute.

The judge found state rules requiring small groups of protesters in the statehouse 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, Gov. Scott 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 is reviewing the ruling.


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