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Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 4:48 p.m.

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the remaining defendants from a community activist's civil rights lawsuit against the city and county.

Adrienne Young, 56, of Garfield claimed that city police falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted her four times and that country probation officers used false information to keep her in jail and then on home confinement.

All of the charges police filed against Young were dropped or dismissed except for a traffic offense of passing in a no-passing zone.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon in March dismissed the city and police defendants, ruling that police had probable cause for the arrests. She ruled Tuesday that a prior agreement by Young to drop the county defendants from the lawsuit was an enforceable settlement.

Young, founder of Tree of Hope Inc., said she plans to appeal.

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