From The Associated Press: A settlement has been reached this week in a lawsuit filed by Occupy Columbia protest members against Gov. Nikki Haley and other state officials.
Attorneys for Haley and state law enforcement officials agreed during a mediation hearing Wednesday to pay Occupy members $192,000, Drew Radeker told The Associated Press.
"It's a fair settlement, and we're glad that the state of South Carolina doesn't have to continue to pay these lawyers to defend the case that we would have ultimately won anyway," Radeker said. "We're pleased with the settlement."
A Haley spokesman said the governor was right to order the protesters' arrests but did not support the settlement, which was hammered out by representatives of the state's insurance reserve fund, which provides tort liability insurance to governmental entities.