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February 02, 2012

Occupy DC fails to forestall eviction

#OccupyDC failed to convince a #judge that the #Constitution protects the demonstrators from eviction by the National Park Service.

Rather than arguing about the First Amendment free-speech protections, the Occupy DC demonstrators claimed the Fourth Amendment and Fifth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure should give the park service pause.

In a 16-page decision, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg  concluded that the demonstrators "have not shown any imminent actual injury that threatens their tents and as any future closing of (McPherson) Square remains too hypothetical for the Court to address."



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