The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 5, 2013

Duluth council considers preachers' settlement


The Mankato Free Press

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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 (http://bit.ly/1dJqeiM ) says City Attorney Gunnar Johnson is recommending approval of a $177,500 settlement. The council will consider the recommendation Monday.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com