Occupy Columbia to Take Governor to Court

5:38 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Occupy Columbia has filed new paperwork in federal court indicating the group is moving forward with their lawsuit against Governor Nikki Haley.

Haley ordered state law enforcement officers to kick the protesters off the State House grounds in November of 2011.

Last month a federal court ruled the Governor did not have immunity from the lawsuit and should be included in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also includes Leroy Smith, Director of the SC Department of Public Safety, and Zackary Wise, the Chief of the SC Bureau of Protective Services.

Occupy Columbia's lawyers have argued that the group had a right to protest peacefully on the State House grounds and that the Governor and law enforcement violated their 1st Amendment right by arresting them.

According to federal court records the anticipated trial date is September 11.



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