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Future Of “Occupy New Haven” Could Be Decided Today

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Occupy New Haven tents on the city green. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Occupy New Haven tents on the city green. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A federal judge is set to rule on whether Occupy New Haven activists must leave the city’s Green.

U.S. District Judge Mark Kravitz is expected to release a ruling Monday dealing with issues of free speech and the use of the New Haven Green, which is privately owned but maintained by the city.

Occupy New Haven’s lawyer, Norman Pattis, says the activists can’t be evicted from the 16-acre Green because it’s private property.

But city officials and the Green’s proprietors say it’s a public space regulated by the city for the benefit of all. Officials say the protestors’ tents are fire hazards and are endangering the roots of century-old elm trees.

Activists have been there for 176 days. It’s one of the last remaining Occupy camps in New England.

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