This Is How Democracy (Eventually) Works

This Is How Democracy (Eventually) Works

Abby Zimet

Cool scene in Nashville, where state troopers arrested Occupiers - and local reporter Jonathan Meador, who repeatedly argued he was with the media and then recorded his own arrest - for violating a curfew. A night court judge promptly ruled the governor can't set a curfew - that little Constitutional matter of freedom of assembly - and released the protesters.

"I have reviewed the regulations of the state of Tennessee, and I can find no authority anywhere for anyone to authorize a curfew anywhere on Legislative Plaza." - Judge Tom Nelson


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