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Magistrate denies Occupy Youngstown’s request for restraining order



Published: Wed, November 16, 2011 @ 4:57 p.m.

Magistrate denies Occupy Youngstown’s request for restraining order

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County Common Pleas Court magistrate today rejected Occupy Youngstown’s request for a temporary restraining order to permit the group to use a tent and burn barrel in the city’s Central Square.

Magistrate Timothy G. Welsh said Occupy Youngstown’s legal action, filed today by attorney Kim Akins, is flawed as it “presents not only conflicting factual issues but conflicting constitutional issues.”

Also, a TRO is sought to keep the status quo, he wrote. Because the tent and burn barrel were confiscated by city police and firefighters last week, the TRO “does not preserve the status quo, but, rather, alters it,” he wrote.

While denying the group’s request for a TRO, the magistrate said he would hold a preliminary injunction hearing on Dec. 1.

The Occupy Youngstown legal action accuses the city of violating the group’s rights to free speech and assembly as well as an unreasonable seizure of their possessions.

City officials don’t object to the group picketing in Central Square, but say a tent and burn barrel violates city ordinances.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


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1ROBERT(137 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank goodness for Magistrate Walsh,

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2salem26(13 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Occupy Youngstown: go get job and become productive members of society. I can assure you that the big banks, Wall Street, successful people, or whoever you are protesting against could really care less about a bunch of losers in America's poorest city picketing.

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3pgurney(273 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

And the saga continues...

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4redvert(2048 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

No answer to why these occupy Wall street types are not protesting Fanny May and Freddie Mac. These two group's execs got big bonuses after getting a bailout. Oh, I forgot, scumbag libs like Barney Frank and
Maxine Waters were involved here. My mistake!!!

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5howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

@ redvert We are protesting Fannie, Freddie and all the banks involved in the mortgage crisis and illegal foreclosures. The bonuses that the executives at Fannie and Freddie received are criminal. We are also protesting the defacto redlining of whole blighted neighborhoods in Youngstown and Warren by both local and national banks, the method they are using is refusing to write mortgages for amounts smaller than $50,000 to $100,000 in an area where the median house price is less than $50,000. This is also criminal activity. Most of the local media including the Vindicator conduct lengthy interviews with us and the only bits that make it into the stories they share with the public are that we are leaderless and don't know what we want. To get the truth you need to come down and talk with us in person.

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6CantStandYa(110 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

OY = PUNCHLINE

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7margarita(19 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

No one is interested in seeing these misfits campout. Get a job! As a citizen of Youngstown, I don't want filth in downtown Youngstown. Go home and take care of your families. Become productive members of society. Hope the weather turns blistery cold. No comparison to the Democrat " Occupy" and the Tea Party-----they wish! Where are all the Democrats now that supported these goofs?

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