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Judge Weighs Occupy Charges Against Denver Police

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- A federal judge is deciding whether to order Denver police to stop enforcing laws in a way that Occupy Denver protesters say violates their freedom of speech.

Lawyers for the protesters argued in a hearing Monday that police are selectively writing tickets for minor offenses and dismantling their tents and tables in an effort to suppress the protest.

They want U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn to issue a restraining order while their lawsuit is argued in the courts.

Lawyers for the city responded that police haven't changed the way they're enforcing the ordinances and that the First Amendment doesn't allow the protesters to express themselves any place and at any time they choose.

Blackburn says he would decide whether to issue a restraining order on Tuesday or later.


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