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Judge Releases Protesters, Reprimands Haslam

This is getting embarrassing. Friday night, for the second night in a row, state troopers acting at Gov. Bill Haslam's direction cleared Nashville's Legislative Plaza of Occupy Nashville protesters, only to have them all immediately released by a judge. According to the Nashville Scene, a night court magistrate told the arresting troopers, "I have reviewed the regulations of the state of Tennessee, and I can find no authority anywhere for anyone to authorize a curfew anywhere on Legislative Plaza." The 25 people arrested included a Scene reporter. The night before, the same judge ordered 29 arrestees released because they had had insufficient notice of the new curfew. But last night's ruling suggests that Haslam has no right at all to arbitrarily impose a curfew on one patch of state property. (Haslam has said he is concerned about unsanitary conditions on the Plaza, which protesters have occupied for three weeks.)

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