‘Occupy’ movement moving to the courts

The Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired activists to occupy the courts on Friday, January 20, the day before the 1-year anniversary of Citizens United, the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision that forbids the government from censoring political ads funded by corporations and unions, ruling that such ads are protected by the First Amendment.

The group Move To Amend is planning a one-day occupation of the federal courts, including the Supreme Court and many of the 89 U.S. District Court buildings across the country. That mean protesters could be coming to the federal courthouse on Quarropas Street in White Plains, or not. Move To Amend claims the planned protest was inspired by Dr. Cornell West, who was arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court in October.

Check back with Completely Legal for update as organizers release more details in the weeks to come.


Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.