Supreme Court hears Capitol steps protest cases

Supreme Court hears Capitol steps protest cases

Supreme Court hears Capitol steps protest cases

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 10 at 11:49 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about overnight protests on the front steps of the state Capitol.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports the case arises from the arrests of six people who held an overnight vigil in 2009 in protest of deploying National Guard troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Legislative leaders had barred such activity between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The six were found guilty of criminal trespass, carrying a $500 fine.

One of the six argues the restriction violates Oregon's free speech provisions. The Oregon Court of Appeals rejected that argument.

The others contend they should be allowed to question legislative leaders about enforcement of the restriction. The appeals court supported them on that point.

The Supreme Court takes up the case Thursday.

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