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Lawsuit dropped over All-Star game ordinance

June 4, 2014
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has dropped a lawsuit challenging a Minneapolis ordinance limiting other events around the time of next month's All-Star game.

The ordinance said the city wouldn't issue permits between July 5 and July 20 in an area that includes downtown Minneapolis without additional approval from Major League Baseball.

The ACLU sued on behalf of organizers of a July 19 festival in Minneapolis to commemorate the 80th anniversary of a deadly Teamsters strike.

Soon after the suit was filed, the City Council shortened the so-called "clean zone" limits from 15 days to seven, ending July 16.

In a statement, ACLU Minnesota executive director Charles Samuelson says his organization is glad the city recognized First Amendment rights "should not be held hostage by private corporations."



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