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Magistrate finishes report on IMF protest arrests

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 4:48pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal magistrate judge has concluded a fact-finding report into the handling of the mass arrests of protesters in the District of Columbia in 2002.

The 157-page document released Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola stems from lawsuits filed after the arrests of roughly 400 demonstrators during the 2002 annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Facciola was appointed as a special master to review plaintiffs' allegations of evidence tampering in the case.

In his report, Facciola summarized the facts as he understood them but drew no legal conclusions. He said he did not want to make any legal judgments since he did not think his scope of authority as special master was clear.

His report will be reviewed by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan.

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