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Judge Orders City to Allow Protesters into Park


The New York Times reports:

A New York judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order allowing protesters to return to Zuccotti Park only hours after police forcibly removed them, arresting dozens.

The order by Justice Lucy Billings set a hearing date for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and said that until the matter was considered at that hearing, the city and Brookfield Properties, the owners of Zuccotti Park, would be prohibited from evicting protesters or “enforcing ‘rules’ published after the occupation began or otherwise preventing protesters from re-entering the park with tents and other property previously utilized.”

UPDATE: Here is the order, with cross-outs and all. Notice “lawful” disappears before “protesters” and “so-called” disappears before “rules”, as in the rules the private-property owner has in place for conduct on their property. Who wrote the first draft of the order before the judge signed it? The occupiers’ lawyers?

UPDATE II: I’ve seen from many e-mailers and commenters that apparently the occupiers’ lawyers did write the first draft of the order and that this is standard practice.