Monday, July 28, 2008

Freedom cagers won't be searched

The Post:
People who enter the public-demonstration zone outside the Pepsi Center during the Democratic National Convention won't be searched by police unless there is probable cause to do so, attorneys said in U.S. District Court in Denver today.

The disclosure came during a pretrial hearing in a case filed against the U.S. Secret Service and the city and county of Denver by the American Civil Liberties Union and several advocacy groups who plan to demonstrate during the convention. . . .

A trial in the case is expected to begin Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in Judge Marcia Krieger's courtroom.

Witnesses expected to be called include Glenn Spagnuolo and Mark Cohen of the Re-create 68 Alliance; Katherine Archuleta, senior adviser to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper; Deputy Police Chief Michael Battista; Secret Service agent Stephen Hughes; and members of the Denver Host Committee.
Also disclosed:
Denver's attorney, Jim Lyons, announced today that the Secret Service had selected a parade route to Invesco Field at Mile High for the last day of the DNC, when Barack Obama is expected to give his acceptance speech.

Lyons said the staging area for the parades that day will begin at Mariposa Street between 11th and 12th avenues, and paraders will head to West Colfax Avenue before proceeding to Federal Boulevard and north onto 20th Avenue. At 20th Avenue, parades will head east to Invesco Field.

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