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UNR Sued Over Circus Animal Dispute, 1st Amendment

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for the University of Nevada, Reno say they’ll produce the security videotape animal rights activists claim will prove their First Amendment rights were violated when they were threatened with arrest while trying to photograph alleged mistreatment of circus elephants.

UNR lawyer Gary Cardinal told a U.S. magistrate judge in Reno on Tuesday he expects to receive copies next week of the video of the incident outside the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Lawlor Events Center in 2011.

Joseph Cuviello, one of the Californians suing Lawlor and campus police, says the tape will document they were on public land and had a constitutional right to be there.

The magistrate encouraged them to try to settle out of court. A trial could begin as early as spring.

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