Posted: Jun 7, 2012 4:18 PM by Associated Press
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno County officials and Occupy Wall Street protesters have reached a settlement they say will end their battle over public protests.
The Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/KYQtml ) reports that as part of the agreement, the county will allow Occupy Fresno to protest overnight for three days during the year, beginning next month.
In exchange, the protesters will drop a lawsuit claiming that the county is violating their rights to free speech.
The county will also pay $37,500 to cover the protesters' attorney fees. An attorney for the group said the money will cover its legal bills through December.
The proposed agreement still needs court approval.
Last year, a federal judge ruled that the county's ban on distributing literature and a permit policy on protests were unconstitutional.
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