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Charges Dropped Against Protester

November 14, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Charges were dropped Tuesday against an alleged ringleader of the violent protests during last summer’s Republican National Convention.

Prosecutor Elizabeth Greenfield said there was insufficient evidence to prove the case against Ruckus Society director John Sellers, 34.

His trial was supposed to begin Tuesday.

Sellers was accused of directing sometimes-violent clashes with police and several street-blocking demonstrations on Aug. 1. Fifteen police officers were injured and more than 20 city vehicles damaged.

A second protest leader, Terrence McGuckin, 19, of the Philadelphia Direct Action Group, was found guilty of disorderly conduct and disrupting a highway and was placed on three months’ probation.

Nearly 400 people were arrested in the demonstrations during the GOP convention.

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