CHICAGO, IL – The oral argument for the Occupy Chicago appeal will be May 13, 2014 at 10:30a.m. in the Appellate Courtroom, First District of Illinois, at 160 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL.
The case, City of Chicago v. Alexander, Tieg, etc. 1-12-2858 is in appellate court after a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County ruled in favor of Occupy Chicago. The case dates back to October of 2011, when approximately 300 activists associated with Occupy Chicago were arrested on two consecutive Saturdays for violating a City Municipal Ordinance mandating a curfew in all City parks.
Attorneys from Peopleâ€™s Law Office (PLO), along with other attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) represented those arrested. Nearly 100 of the arrestees opted to challenge their arrests and the PLO and NLG attorneys drafted and filed a Motion to Dismiss the charges based on the First Amendment. We argued that the Municipal Ordinance violated the Free Speech of those arrested. We were ultimately successful and a judge found that the ordinance was unconstitutional on its face and as applied to the activists who were defendants.
Documents from Occupy Chicago Appeal
City of Chicagoâ€™s Appeal Brief â€“ May 8, 2013
Occupy Chicago Response Brief â€“ September 30, 2013
City of Chicagoâ€™s Reply Brief – December 12, 2013
Documents from Trial Level Court
Decision Ruling in Favor of Occupy Chicago – September 27, 2012
Occupy Chicago Reply to City â€“ February 10, 2012
Original Occupy Chicago Motion to Dismiss – November 4, 2011