Citations issued to Occupy Nashville protesters dismissed
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Occupy Nashville protesters who were arrested and cited last month for trespassing on state Capitol grounds got their citations dismissed during a hearing Monday morning in Nashville.
General Sessions Judge Dianne Turner issued the ruling.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's spokesman said prosecutors were asked last week to drop charges against dozens of Occupy Nashville protesters.
Spokesman David Smith said the decision to dismiss the charges against 55 protesters was made in light of a federal judge's ruling that the state couldn't enforce the new curfew on the grounds around the state Capitol.
State troopers arrested protesters the nights of Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, but both times a Nashville magistrate refused to jail the protesters.