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Posted at 4:50 PM ET, 06/24/2010

Man settles 'Buddy Poppy' case

By Washington Post editors

The National Park Service has agreed to allow a Virginia man to distribute artificial poppies without a permit on the National Mall in the nation's capital.

The agreement settles a 2008 lawsuit filed by John Miskas against the agency in U.S. District Court in Washington. U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. approved the settlement Thursday.

Miska's lawsuit claimed the park service violated his Fourth Amendment rights by barring him from distributing "Buddy Poppies" and accepting donations at or around the Vietnam Memorial.

The park service denied the allegations and admitted no wrongdoing.

Under the settlement, the Barboursville man can distribute the artificial poppies and solicit donations without a permit, except in the memorial's restricted zone.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
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