Public Square Curfew Overturned

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CLEVELAND-- The curfew ordinance for Public Square in downtown Cleveland has been overturned by the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals.

They ruled the curfew for anyone planning a protest between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. is unconstitutional.

Cleveland officials drafted the ordinance about five years ago and chose to enforce it last year when a free-speech group called Occupy Cleveland set up a 24-hour post in Public Square. Protestors were warned to vacate the area and refused, so about a dozen people were arrested.

Attorney J. Michael Murray represented a couple of the protestors and says the ruling means a victory for Occupy Cleveland and it's a victory for free speech.

The signs will have to come down in Public Square unless city officials decide to play hardball and take the case to the Supreme Court.  No word yet on what they plan to do.

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