A federal judge in Dallas dealt yet another blow to the Occupy movement Tuesday, denying the group’s request for a temporary restraining order to prevent eviction from City Hall property.
U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle’s decision meant City Hall was effectively free to forcibly evict the encampment members as of 4 p.m. CT (5 p.m. ET), when the current agreement between the protesters and City Hall expired.
Texas Mayor Mike Rawlings issued a statement saying no action would be taken Tuesday.
“City attorneys will discuss the next steps with this group’s legal representation (Wednesday),” Rawlings said in the statement.
Occupy Dallas attorney Jonathan Winocour argued the city’s position was unclear and left his clients with too many “ambiguities” regarding whether or not protestors were violating the terms of their agreement with the city. Winocour cited confusion over issues such as the definition of “permanent vs. semi-permanent” signage allowed on site, use of City Hall bathrooms, responsibility for trash disposal and other factors that he argued “should be clarified” before City Hall was allowed to evict his clients.