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Pittsburgh, G-20 protesters going back to mediation

| Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 4:58 p.m.

Lawyers for Pittsburgh and a group of people arrested during the 2009 G-20 economic summit are headed back to mediation, at their own request. U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer today scheduled the mediation to run from July 9 to Aug. 9. Protesters arrested during the summit claim that city police violated their constitutional rights. Twelve of the 25 original plaintiffs either accepted settlement offers from the city or dropped out of the case. City Solicitor Dan Regan said both sides requested the mediation because they've finished exchanging evidence, which is part of the pre-trial process, and thought it made sense to try to settle the case. Vic Walczak, state legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the protesters, said the case is at the point where the next step otherwise would be a long and costly trial.

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