Eugene judge upholds clearing of protesters from Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza


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EUGENE, Oregon — A judge has upheld the ousting of homeless advocates who camped last fall in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene.

The decision by the county commissioners to have the plaza cleared and cleaned came amid protests that included the camp-in.

Three people were arrested afterward. Two face trial in February. No date has been set for the third.

The Register-Guard ( reported Monday the ruling came last week from Municipal Judge Karen Stenard (stin-AHRD').

She said the commissioners acted lawfully in response to concerns from the county's public health officer.

Last year, Stenard threw out a citation against a woman who remained in the plaza after county officials ordered it closed. And she dismissed trespassing tickets issued to 21 protesters who defied a curfew at the plaza.

Information from: The Register-Guard,

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