Winmill Reschedules Occupy Hearing to June


By the time Occupy Boise representatives are back in a federal courtroom to defend their right to a permanent protest site, they will have pitched their tents in front of the Old Ada County Courthouse nearly four full seasons.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill has pushed back an evidentiary hearing for Occupiers' challenge to a new Idaho law that was designed to evict the encampment, which sprang up in early November. Winmill already handed down a 16-page ruling that said while the State of Idaho could prohibit camping, it could not prohibit a tent city representing Occupiers' grievances. Simply put, the tents, as symbols, are protected as free speech.