Settlement Reached in Occupy Columbia Case

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by Occupy Columbia protest members against Gov. Nikki Haley and other state officials.

Occupy attorney Drew Radeker tells The Associated Press that state attorneys agreed during a mediation hearing Wednesday to pay his clients $192,000.

Occupy Columbia launched its protest at the Statehouse in October 2011, with some staying at the site nearly around the clock. Haley did not want protesters spending the night on the grounds and ordered 19 people arrested for trespassing.

Some protesters sued, saying their First Amendment rights had been violated. In December, a federal appellate court ruled the protesters had the right to sue Haley.

A Haley spokesman said the governor was right to order the protesters' arrests and did not support the settlement.

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