Legal chaos over park

I was away from my computer half the day and am just catching up. It looks as though the National Lawyers Guild, a prominent Communist front organization, has found some opening in the law to get a judge to issue a temporary restraining order preventing the city from clearing the park and requiring the city to allow the protesters back into the park with their camping gear, but the city is fighting it:

Court Order Allows Protesters to Return to Zuccotti Park
The Associated Press | November 15, 2011 | 09:20 AM EST

The National Lawyers Guild said it has obtained a court order that allows Occupy Wall Street protesters to return with tents to a New York City park.

The injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules, which were published after the Occupy Wall Street protest began.

Those rules would bar protestors from bringing tents, tarps and sleeping bags into the park.

At a morning news conference at City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city knew about the court order but had not seen it and would go to court to fight it. He said the city wants to protect people’s rights, but if a choice must be made, it will protect public safety.

A hearing is scheduled for 11 am.

Zuccotti Park was cleared overnight so that crews could clean it. Bloomberg said that was done “to reduce the risk of confrontation.”

He said the city had planned to allow the protesters back in the park after it was cleaned. Under the city’s plans, protesters would not be allowed to use tents, sleeping bags, or tarps and would have to follow all park rules.

Protestors had been heading back to Zuccotti Park, but after the court order was issued, the city closed it again while it assesses the court order….

Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 15, 2011 02:59 PM | Send

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