Judge Backs 2004 Arrest of Protesters
By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
Published: October 1, 2010
A federal judge has upheld the arrest of two protesters who refused to leave a sidewalk across from Madison Square Garden during the Republican National Convention in 2004.
New York City said the ruling was a milestone, but advocates for other protesters arrested during the convention said the case did not address the civil liberties issues they have raised in separate lawsuits.
The protestors, Michael Marcavage and Steven C. Lefemine, were holding anti-abortion signs on the east sidewalk along Seventh Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets, facing Madison Square Garden, the site of the convention, and Pennsylvania Station, on Sept. 1, 2004, according to the decision, released on Friday.
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