U of I on Proposed Occupy Encampment Space: It's Not Our Land


While the Occupy Boise movement and Idaho officials attempt to determine if there are any legal restrictions to an encampment outside of the old Ada County Courthouse in Boise's Capitol Mall, the setting provides a unique irony—the building is to become the home of the University of Idaho's Law Learning Center. But officials with the U of I told Citydesk that they won't be weighing in on the matter.

"The old Ada County Courthouse is controlled by the State of Idaho Department of Administration, not by the University of Idaho or the Idaho Supreme Court," Don Burnett, Dean of the U of I College of Law told Citydesk. "The building is owned by the State of Idaho. The building is undergoing renovation in contemplation of future use as the Idaho Law Learning Center, but neither the University of Idaho nor the Supreme Court is conducting any current activities in the building or on the building grounds that would be affected by the Occupy group."

Meanwhile, Occupy Boise representatives will be huddling with Teresa Luna of the Department of Administration this morning.

"It is sort of a weird area," said Luna. "They say that they have an operational plan, and we're going to see where we go from there."