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    ReOccupy Wall Street – Live

    ReOccupy Wall Street – Live

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    John Sullivan | November 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I have a bird’s eye view of something that reminds me of the marching band scene at the end of “Animal House”. The marchers were walking down the sidewalk on the west side of Broadway, when the lead marchers decided to turn around for some reason. As they began to walk back to the north, they ran smack into the rest of the their parade still walking south, resulting in a huge bottleneck that prevented anyone from moving. They are currently massed in front of Trinity Church, apparently trying to figure out where to go next, as Wall Street and Exchange Place to the east towards the Stock Exchange is blocked by police.

    This is very annoying. They need to be cleaned out before the Thanksgiving Day parade, and before they interfere with the Christmas season tourism.

    Hey professor, during one of the clashes yesterday the protesters had a TRO that was issued before the ruling expelling them from the park came down. This TRO permitted re-entry to the park.

    The TRO was issued by a Judge Billings, can you or someone explain why the TRO was apparently ignored? Because of this TRO the crowd was encouraged to defy police on the ground. That caused a predictable and understandable response from the police. Either the commander was ignoring the TRO or had not received it. A few news sources reported city officials ignored it.

    It was the only real issue I have so far with the moves the authorities took to evict the protesters.

      John Sullivan in reply to Steve. | November 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      The TRO from Judge Billings had no effect for a couple of reasons. First, plaintiffs in New York are not permitted to call up their favorite ACLU judge to obtain a TRO in the middle of the night. Proper procedure requires that that a plaintiff commence an action in the clerk’s office, and a judge is assigned randomly, although cases against the City of New York are assigned to a select few judges who preside over “City parts”. Judge Stallman, who denied the TRO late in the afternoon, presides over one of the City parts. Second, the TRO was essentially moot, because the park had already been cleared out by the time it was issued. Third, the TRO was by its terms only to remain in effect until the City could attend a hearing later that day, which is precisely what happened.

        Steve in reply to John Sullivan. | November 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm

        Hmm so there is no such thing as an emergency order? Also I thought the order was for re-admittance after clearing pending hearing.

        So does Judge Billings stand exposed to discipline for her action or get any responsibility to injuries sustained by protesters or police since she acted as an agent of provocation here?

          John Sullivan in reply to Steve. | November 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

          I am no expert on how judges police themselves. I can say it was hardly the first time a judge may have arguably exceeded his or her authority. That’s why we have appellate review, and why the original TRO was limited in scope.

    I must be jaded beyond redemption. This is what the the whole thing reminds me of … what a joke. Suckers one and all. Impossible to take any of the OWS etc. seriously.

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