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Pittsburgh council moves to pay $10,000 to Ligonier man

| Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7:17 p.m.

City Council introduced legislation on Tuesday to pay $10,000 to an abortion protester who claimed city police violated his constitutional rights by citing him for defiant trespass.

Keith Tucci, 54, of Ligonier filed a federal lawsuit saying he was not carrying a sign or otherwise demonstrating in January 2010 as he walked past a Downtown abortion clinic, but a city police officer cited him because he was a "known protester." Tucci was found not guilty of a trespass charge by a district judge.

A city ordinance bans protests or demonstrations within 15 feet of the Liberty Avenue entrance of the clinic. U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer last month said the case was pending a settlement awaiting the approval of council.

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