by Andrew Crisp
The lawn at the old Ada County Courthouse was almost bare this afternoon, save for a few patches of brown grass. Members of the Occupy Boise movement removed their tents in anticipation of a court order from a federal judge which said they would have to temporarily relocate.
A ruling from Judge B. Lynn Winmill's said members of the encampment would have to vacate the lawn for up to eight weeks while the Idaho State Department of Administration assessed damage to the grounds.
Remaining were blankets slung over the perimeter fence surrounding the building, put up as construction crews begin transforming the building into the University of Idaho's new law library.
A skeleton bearing a yellow Occupy T-shirt hung from a tree, with a cardboard sign reading the word "DEMOCRACY" emblazoned on it.
Local Clark Madison was there with his truck and trailer around 2 p.m. to aid in removing the excess items still left on the lawn. Much of those materials went to local charities and homeless shelters.
He said he had made as many as five or six trips from the lawns at the Courthouse. Madison assured that members of the Occupy movement would return after the Department of Administration finished its work.