Defendants cleared in Atlanta raid

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An Atlanta judge recently found three defendants in a case spawned by a late-night raid on a crowded gay bar not guilty.

Municipal Judge Crystal Gaines tossed out charges against the other five defendants in the case that accused men of dancing naked without permits and operators of the Atlanta Eagle with running an unlicensed adult establishment.

Each violation carried a maximum punishment of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

A national gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department, accusing authorities of illegally searching patrons during the Sept. 10, 2009, raid.

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