- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A jury has decided homeless advocates were trespassing when they defied a Lane County commission order to close the free speech plaza outside the courthouse in downtown Eugene.

The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1G6qyWl) commissioners say they closed the plaza so it could be cleaned following the three-week camp-in protest at the request of public health officer Patrick Luedtke.

Michael McFadden and Michael Gannon’s attorney Brian Michaels argued kicking the men out of the closed off plaza violated their free speech.

Prosecutor Ben Miller says the closure wasn’t specifically put in place to interfere with free speech rights.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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