Cleveland curfew law ruled unconstitutional
CLEVELAND — An Ohio appeals court decision has opened the door for Occupy Cleveland protesters — or anyone else — to stage late-night demonstrations in the city’s Public Square.
The ruling from the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals stemmed from a 2011 case in which Occupy protesters were arrested for violating curfew for staying the square overnight.
The court ruled the city’s curfew ordinance, which barred people from being in the Public Square without a permit between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., violated the First Amendment.
The Plain Dealer reported that an attorney for the two protesters whose convictions were overturned by the decision called it a major victory for the Occupy movement.
Cleveland Law Director Barbara Langhenry said the city was disappointed in the decision and was trying to determine whether to appeal.