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Hundreds of Occupy protesters due in NYC court

NEW YORK (AP) - More than 300 people arrested during Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are expected to pack a New York City courtroom this week to answer the charges.

By defense lawyers' count, 166 people arrested in an October march on the Brooklyn Bridge and other protests are due in court Wednesday. About an equal number have court dates Thursday or Friday. They were generally arrested on disorderly conduct charges and released with summonses.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested during Occupy demonstrations in New York. Many have been to court, but this week's numbers are some of the biggest.

More than 700 people were arrested on the bridge. Police say protesters ignored their warnings. Many demonstrators say they didn't hear the warnings or thought police were leading them onto the roadway.


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