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NY judge says he will rule on fate of Occupy camp

By Verena Dobnik

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 15 2011 12:35 p.m. MST

A pedestrian takes a picture of an empty and closed Zuccotti Park in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Police officers evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters from the park overnight. The National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing the protesters to return with their tents to the park, where they have camped for two months. The guild said the injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules on the protesters.

Seth Wenig, Associated Press

NEW YORK — A New York judge says he hopes to issue a ruling soon on the fate of the Occupy Wall Street encampment that was demolished by police.

Protesters represented by the National Lawyers Guild asked the court Tuesday to declare that the city acted illegally in evicting hundreds of demonstrators from Zuccotti Park.

The eviction happened around 1 a.m. Hundreds of officers in riot gear pushed demonstrators out of the park and hauled away their tents and sleeping bags.

The city says it intends to enforce rules prohibiting camping in the park.

There was no immediate ruling by Judge Michael Stallman, but he said he hoped to make a decision later in the afternoon.

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