Occupy Columbia has won in Federal Court!
Article in The State:
Judge: Occupiers can stay at State House
Some limitations are OK, judge says, but says protesters can’t break rules if there are none
Occupy Columbia protesters can continue their around-the-clock demonstration on State House grounds, U.S. Judge Cameron McGowan Currie ruled today.
Currie told attorneys for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley that if the state wants to regulate who uses the grounds – and how – then it should develop written rules.
Because the First Amendment’s free speech issues are involved, however, any rules would have to be strictly limited and applied equitably.
More announcements will be made throughout the day. Check OC media for more breaking information. We will post a transcript of the press conference when it becomes available.
More news reports [UPDATED]
- WIS, Channel 10: Federal judge: Occupy Columbia protestors can stay: http://www.wistv.com/story/16323441/federal-judge
- WLTX, Channel 19 (via AP): Federal Judge: Occupy Columbia Can Stay at State House: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/163466/2/Federal-Judge-Occupy-Columbia-Can-Stay-at-State-House