NEW YORK (AP) - A New York judge has upheld the city's
dismantling of the Occupy Wall Street encampment, saying that the
protesters' first amendment rights don't entitle them to camp out
indefinitely in the plaza.
Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman on Tuesday denied a
motion by the demonstrators seeking to be allowed back into the
park with their tents and sleeping bags.
Police cleared out the protesters in a nighttime sweep early
Tuesday. The judge upheld the city's effective eviction of the
protesters after an emergency appeal by the National Lawyers Guild.
The protesters have been camped out in privately owned Zuccotti
Park since mid-September. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he ordered
the sweep because health and safety conditions and become
"intolerable" in the crowded plaza.