Attorneys for Occupy Cincinnati protesters will ask judge to dismiss charges

CINCINNATI - Occupy Cincinnati protesters will gather on the front steps of the Hamilton County Courthouse for a rally as their attorneys ask a judge to dismiss the charges against them during a hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning.

In October, Cincinnati Police arrested dozens of Occupy protesters at Piatt Park for criminal trespassing for being there after hours. It's a misdemeanor charge that carries jail time and a fine.

"We believe these arrests are in violation of our First Amendment rights in violation of the Constitution of the United States because folks were there to express themselves, to be heard," said Josh Spring, an Occupy Cincinnati protester and director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.

Spring said the Occupy protesters continue to be active are are still holding regular meetings.
   
The hearing gets underway at 10 a.m. Both sides plan to call witnesses so it could take up to a day or two before the judge reaches a decision.

Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for updates about the hearing as they become available.

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