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No apparent arrests during Capitol sing along

Published On: Jul 31 2013 01:37:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 31 2013 06:43:37 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

There have been no arrests during the daily sing along inside the Wisconsin Capitol because a Madison television station got a permit for a similar event.

Russell Bruhn, news director of WMTV, says the NBC station got the permit for Wednesday to see how the process worked. He says the station got the permit for its own usage and not anyone else's.

A DOA spokesperson confirms WMTV took out a permit for 20 to 25 people to gather for a sing-along during the noon hour.

WMTV said it got the permit for its own use and not anyone else’s.

The singers at the Capitol Wednesday did not sign up for a permit themselves

Capitol Police watched but did not arrest any of the 50 or more singers inside the rotunda.

A federal judge has said the state can require permits for groups of more than 20, and since last week police have issued more than 120 tickets.

The singers argue they don't need a permit to exercise their free speech rights.

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