Court Rules Against Abortion Protester

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has
ruled that an anti-abortion protester arrested near the Liberty Bell in
2007 can’t collect damages from park rangers who detained him.

The three-judge panel
on Thursday upheld a lower-court ruling to dismiss 32-year-old Michael
Marcavage’s lawsuit against two Independence National Historic Park
rangers. The Philadelphia Daily News ( ) reported on the panel’s decision.

suit stemmed from Marcavage’s arrest after he refused to move his
protest to another area of the park. A federal magistrate convicted the
Lansdowne resident of two misdemeanors.

appealed and claimed rangers violated his constitutional rights. In
2010, a federal appeals court threw out the misdemeanor convictions.
Then Marcavage filed an amended complaint arguing that park rangers were
liable for unspecified damages. The court ruled against him.

Information from: Philadelphia Daily News,

SOURCE: The Associated Press