Boston Judge Temporarily Blocks Occupy Boston Eviction
According to the Boston Herald, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre issued Occupy Boston a temporary restraining order this afternoon. It will allow occupiers to remain camped out opposite South Station until December 1st, when they will hold a court hearing or preliminary injunction. Police may only evict them in response to an an “outbreak of violence” or a catastrophe like a fire. In New York, a temporary restraining order issued yesterday only lasted from 8:30am - 11:30am.
The order does not... prevent police from making arrests on the property, part of the state-owned and privately managed Rose Kennedy Greenway.
As Occupy movements across the country face eviction, lawyers requested the restraining order in pre-emption. Adds the Boston Herald:
Attorneys for the city argued that Occupy Boston’s lawyers jumped the gun; there has been no wholesale clearing of demonstrators to date, and they say the city has no plans to carry out such an operation.
Maybe Boston was not invited to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's alleged evict-the-occupations conference call.