Library, lawyer settle dispute over demonstration

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An Indiana attorney who sued a Fort Wayne library that he claimed violated his free speech rights have reached an agreement that will allow him to set up a display about the federal health care law on the building's plaza.

Attorneys for David Kolhoff and the Allen County Public Library filed paperwork withdrawing their dispute in federal court in Fort Wayne Friday. Judge Jon E DeGuilio canceled a hearing that had been set for Monday.

Kolhoff sought to use the library plaza to "educate" the public, which he claimed "fundamentally misunderstands" the health care law and its requirements.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Kolhoff by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana claimed a library policy banning demonstrations and exhibits on the plaza violated his First Amendment rights.

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