DC attorney general testifies in IMF protests case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. attorney general is defending his office's handling of a lawsuit arising from the mass arrests of anti-globalization demonstrators in 2002.

Irv Nathan testified Wednesday in Washington's federal court, where a judge is investigating allegations of potential evidence tampering.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs, Jonathan Turley, argued that there's been a pattern of misstatements by the attorney general's office. That office is representing the city in a lawsuit.

But Nathan said under questioning that he didn't believe anyone on his staff had ever knowingly provided false information or violated any ethical rules.

Nathan also said he thought the inquiry into evidence tampering should end soon so that the case could move forward. He blamed plaintiffs' lawyers for the fact that the case has lasted a decade.

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