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Occupy Protesters Face Federal Judge

EUGENE, Ore. — Two Occupy Eugene protesters will be back in court in a couple of weeks to find out the fate of a lawsuit they filed against the government.

Friends and fellow Occupy members were at the federal building Thursday afternoon to show their support.

The group filed a civil suit after they were arrested during a protest at the old federal building near Pearl and 7th at the end of last year. They were originally cited because the protest happened after hours, but those charges were dismissed.

“We filed a civil suit against the federal government for the infringement for our first amendment rights for free speech because they had effectively kept us off the free speech old fed plaza,” said Occupy member Emily Semple.

The hearing lasted about an hour. The judge wants more time to review the testimony.

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