OccupyMaine to File Lawsuit This Morning; Press Conference at Postponed Until 2 PM


Plaintiffs Harry Brown, Palmer Ryan and Deese Hamilton. Heather Curtis, the Fourth Plaintiff Was Not Available for the Photo

By Carol McCracken (Post # l,047)

In a much anticipated move, OccupyMaine will be filing a civil lawsuit this morning at around 8:30 am against the City of Portland in Maine Superior Court for the County of Cumberland, together with a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction.

At noontime scheduled press conference was delayed to 2:00 pm. according to Branson, paralegal.

On December 8th, the city council denied OccupyMaine a permit to remain at Lincoln Park in downtown Portland. The vote was 8 to 1 with councilor David Marshall, the lone dissenting “protest” vote. At the conclusion of the 5 hour city council meeting, Branson said that by denying the permit the city has left my clients no choice but to sue the city. OccupyMaine began by occupying Monument Square on October 3rd, but was asked by city manager Mark Rees to move to Lincoln Park in front of the courthouses.

For more background information, please see Post # 1,044, dated December 16th herein as well as Post # 1,037, dated December 8th.