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  •  I'm a lawyer in New Orleans (5+ / 0-)

    and I agree with you that all protesters (not just occupiers) should consult with lawyers.  Preferably criminal defense lawyers (that's not my main area of practice).  And I'm just giving the kind of general principles that are applicable anywhere, and not giving specific advice on California law, so anybody who wants specifics info on the legality of what they are doing needs to consult a lawyer for that state.

    I'm not saying that people never choose to break laws in the name of some larger purpose.  Clearly they do.  But like you, I think that people should be aware of whether what they are doing is, or is not, in violation of the law, as well as the potential consequences for that law violation -- preferably BEFORE they do it.  That's the only way to make an intelligent decision as to whether this is an instance when you want to knowingly violate the law in the name of a larger cause and suffer the consequences of that  law violation.  

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