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NYC settles contempt of court claims from RNC protestors

[JURIST] New York City agreed on Friday to pay $150 each plus legal fees totaling about $215,000 to 108 protestors [AP report] arrested during the Republican National Convention [official website] and held after a judge ordered their release. Lawyers for the protestors claimed that the city intentionally violated [Newsday report] an order issued for their release on September 2, 2004. While this settles a criminal contempt claim, hundreds of civil suits are still pending [New York Times report] against the city. Over 1,500 people were arrested [JURIST report] during the convention.

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