Dozens arrested in Occupy appear in court in NYC

By Jennifer Peltz

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Nov. 3 2011 9:05 a.m. MDT

NEW YORK — Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters are packed into a Manhattan courtroom for a hearing on their September arrests.

Thursday marks the first court date for 78 demonstrators arrested while marching from their lower Manhattan base to Union Square on Sept. 24. Police said the protesters were blocking traffic. Most were arrested on disorderly conduct charges, and a few on resisting-arrest charges.

Prosecutors are offering the protesters a deal to put the cases on track to be dismissed if they stay out of trouble for 6 months.

Several of the protesters have refused the deal, while a few have taken it.

Attorney Martin Stolar represents some of the protesters. He says some of the demonstrators say they did nothing wrong and want to go to trial.

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