Occupy Boise

Butch Otter
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Idaho had to dip into its bank account Monday to pay for three lawsuits the state has recently lost. The price tag is more than $800,000 dollars.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A federal judge issued a ruling Wednesday barring Idaho from removing tents used by Occupy Boise protesters on state grounds.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill said in a decision released one day after listening to oral arguments that the around-the-clock tent ban violated the group's First Amendment rights.

Idaho Capitol Dome
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A House panel ended the state's bid to appeal a federal judge's decision that rules governing protests at the Capitol are unconstitutional.

The House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday voted to reject rules that, among other things, had sought to limit protest duration and give special treatment to state events.

They were crafted in the wake of the "Occupy Boise" protests of 2011 and 2012.

But U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill decided the rules violated constitutional free speech protections last year.

Occupy Boise, camp
Boise State Public Radio

A federal judge rejected some rules governing protests on state property surrounding the Capitol in Boise, concluding a seven-day limit on rallies as well as possible restriction-waivers for some groups but not others failed to pass free-speech muster.

The "Occupy Boise" protests that prompted this two-year-old litigation vacated the old Ada County Courthouse's grounds last spring.

Late Friday, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill's latest decision further clarified how activists can — and can't — use the Capitol Mall properties.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the state in a lawsuit over rules developed in response to the Occupy Boise protesters who pitched tents and camped on grounds near the Capitol.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill determined last week that Idaho's no-camping statute on the Capitol Mall is constitutional and attempts to enforce a camping ban did not infringe on free speech rights.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The protest group Occupy Boise packed up their encampment last June, seven months after building a tent city next to the Idaho Statehouse.  But Idaho lawmakers are still arguing over rules crafted to regulate any future protests at state-owned buildings.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

Occupy Boise protestors have until Wednesday to move their tents temporarily. 

A federal judge decided today the state of Idaho can assess and repair damage to the lawn of the Old Ada County Courthouse where Occupy tents have been up since November.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that although Occupy Boise has the right to maintain a symbolic tent city, the state has a legitimate need to repair and maintain its property. 

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Legislature fast tracked a bill today that concerns how the Capitol Mall gets used.  This comes at the same time that Occupy Boise continues to keep a tent city up at the mall. That's been going on since November.  The bill creates rules for the area around the statehouse, for current and future protests. 

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho State Police officers escorted Occupy Boise protestors out of a hearing room Monday morning.  That’s after a panel of Idaho lawmakers approved a bill to create rules for how the Capitol Mall is used.  Occupy Boise continues its vigil out on the state-run Mall.