As the city considers how to clear up “troubling” laws about the New Haven Green, a law professor present for the legal wrangling over Occupy New Haven argued that the proposed fix would violate people’s First Amendment rights.
Under proposed new rules, the next time a ragtag band of political protesters wants to “occupy” the New Haven Green, they’d have to get written permission, pay for cops and porta-potties, and secure a bond for any damage they might cause.
As the Occupy New Haven camp fades into memory, federal agents have started paying housecalls to its erstwhile members and Fair Haven neighbors, and looking for a former leader who won’t answer their phone calls.
A Superior Court judge rejected an 11th-hour complaint from Occupy New Haven Attorney Irv Pinsky at the close of business Tuesday, leaving no immediate legal recourse to prevent an expected Wednesday morning eviction.
Occupy New Haven began to tear down most of its 6-month-old encampment Tuesday afternoon, as the group lost the latest battle in a fight to stay on the Green. Occupiers said they plan to keep a small presence on the Green.