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A Public Square Accessible At All Times to the People - Including Occupy

by Abby Zimet

A judge has thrown out the arrests of 92 Occupy protesters last October as a violation of their First Amendment rights, slamming Mayor Rahm Emanuel - who had touted the city's handling of the protests - for selectively enforcing an overnight curfew and trying to "discriminate against defendants based on their views." Cook County Judge Thomas Donnelly noted Grant Park's long history as "the quintessential public forum," including for hundreds of thousands who gathered there in 2008 after Barack Obama was elected.

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