CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Fox 8 I-Team has learned a settlement could have come as soon as today on new rules for protests during the Republican National Convention.
On Thursday, a federal judge said Cleveland's rules were too restrictive and unconstitutional. That decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.
The judge then ordered lawyers from the city and ACLU to negotiate. The I-Team has learned those talks went into the evening and a source close to the case says a possible settlement is near.
Protesters have complained they were being limited to one route for marches and given unreasonable time limits.
The city has argued it needed restrictions due to convention security concerns.
Christine Link, Executive Director of the ACLU, says final drafts of the settlement are still being worked out.
But the settlement includes protest marches allowed to get closer to the Q and end at East 14th near an area reserved for food trucks
The event security zone will be “drastically smaller," which his means less impact on strict security rules on the homeless and other downtown residents.
There are no more restrictions on soapboxes if someone wants to stand on a soapbox and give a speech and Link called it “far from perfect but a big improvement.”