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Published September 05, 2013, 08:48 AM

Duluth council considers preachers' settlement

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth City Council will consider settling a lawsuit brought by two evangelists who claimed they were denied free speech rights.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth City Council will consider settling a lawsuit brought by two evangelists who claimed they were denied free speech rights.

Steve Jankowski and Peter Scott sued after Duluth police ordered them to leave a holiday light display at Bayfront Park where they were preaching in November 2012.

A district court judge ruled the city was obligated to respect their right to free speech because the display was set up in a public place and no admission was charged. The city and the two preachers have been working to mediate a settlement.

The Duluth News Tribune says City Attorney Gunnar Johnson is recommending approval of a $177,500 settlement. The council will consider the recommendation Monday.

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