Court hearing planned in Ohio in P&G protest case

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Prosecutors and the attorneys are heading back to court in the case of nine Greenpeace activists facing felony charges for a stunning protest at Procter & Gamble's headquarters in Cincinnati.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Winkler set a Thursday hearing to rule on pretrial matters.

Prosecutors said recently they had offered a plea settlement for the activists that would allow them to avoid prison time. They said only one defendant had expressed interest in pursuing a deal.

Without plea agreements, Winkler could set a trial date.

The activists are charged with burglary and vandalism for a March 4 protest in which they slipped into P&G and displayed huge banners from towers criticizing palm oil supplies used by the consumer products company that Greenpeace links to rainforest destruction.

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