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State Supreme Court Upholds Public Square Curfew

Posted May 28th, 2014 @ 11:41am

(Columbus) - The State's highest court says Cleveland Police did not violate anyone's rights when they booted Occupy Cleveland protesters from Public Square back in October of 2011.  Two of the protesters declined to leave the square that night when police told them to - were arrested and found guilty of violating the city's curfew which prohibits staying on the square between 10 at night and 5 in the morning .   The 8th circuit Ohio Appeals Court reversed those convictions, finding the ordinance violated the protesters rights to assembly.  But now the Ohio Supreme Court has found that the curfew law is narrowly tailored and meets a significant public interest and is therefore is constitutional.  Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger also pointed out that the protesters could have legally stood on the public sidewalk all night - if they had chosen to. 


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