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News :: Occupy Boston
Charges Against Occupy Defendants Dropped
12 Feb 2013
BOSTON, FEBRUARY 11, 2013. On Friday, February 8, 2013, Suffolk County
prosecutors decided to drop all pending criminal charges against all remaining
Occupy Boston activists awaiting trial as a result of the mass police arrests in
October and December 2011. This action amounts to an implicit acknowledgement of
the unconstitutionality of the arrests and criminal charges brought against almost
200 Occupy Boston participants. By declining to pursue charges further, the state
has finally admitted that the demonstrations by Occupy activists were legal and
constitutionally protected activities.
This decision—which comes after more than 14 months of delay and evasion—is evidence
of both the legality and the necessity of movements such as Occupy. “We were
arrested for exercising our constitutionally protected rights to assemble, to
express protected speech and to petition the government and for speaking out against
the misplaced priorities of a state and a nation that devotes taxpayer money and
resources to suppressing dissent through arrest and fear while, at the same time,
enabling corporate power to run rampant,” said Andrea Hill, one of the defendants
scheduled to go to trial today. Tammi Arford, another defendant, added that “we,
Occupy Boston activists arrested in 2011, have been forced to navigate the justice
system for over a year while those responsible for the financial crisis, economic
fraud, and criminal activities that have cost millions of Americans their homes,
jobs, and security have never been charged with any offenses. This demonstrates
exactly why it is now more important than ever to speak out and work to create a
fair and just economic and political system that does not exploit the 99% for the
benefit of the 1%. “

Brianne Milder, the third of five defendants scheduled to go to trial today, stated
that “the work of the National Lawyers Guild and all activists fighting their
charges is a heartening and valuable affirmation of the very freedoms that make a
better world possible. As the Suffolk County prosecutor’s decision demonstrates,
the exercise of constitutional rights is not, nor should it ever be, a criminal

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