A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that the arrests of more than 90 Occupy Chicago protesters last October were unconstitutional. The arrests came after hundreds of demonstrators refused to take down tents and leave Grant Park when it closed at 11 p.m. But Associate Judge Thomas Donnelly said the city often chooses not to enforce the curfew for events it supports. Lawyers for the protesters said the ruling “sends a clear message” that the city must respect First Amendment rights. A City Law Department spokesman, Roderick Drew, said city officials were disappointed and would appeal.
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