Feds, protester settle suit over clinic access

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department and an anti-abortion protester have settled a lawsuit alleging that he illegally grabbed and pushed a volunteer escort outside a women's health clinic in Louisville.

Terms of the settlement were not immediately available. U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin placed a notice of settlement in the court file Tuesday and gave federal attorneys and lawyers for David Hamilton 30 days to execute a detailed agreement.

The settlement stems from a lawsuit brought in December 2010 by the Justice Department against Hamilton, a former Louisville resident, accusing him of violating a federal law prohibiting the use of threats or obstruction to prevent someone from entering a clinic.

A trial in the case had been set to start Jan. 15 in federal court in Louisville.

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