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Judge Delays Ruling On Occupy Boston Site

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Occupy Boston will be staying put for at least two more weeks. A Boston judge said Thursday she will decide by Dec. 15 whether the city can clear the encampment in Dewey Square without judicial oversight.

In the meantime, a restraining order protecting the protesters from eviction will remain in effect.

Protesters cheered the decision.

"The mood among the occupiers was one of victory. They're excited that they have their restraining order against the city for probably the next two weeks, and to them this is a great thing," said WBUR's Bianca Vazquez Toness, reporting live from court.

Lawyers for Occupy Boston say the camp is protected by free speech.

"The notion that we would say that we only have to be as good as these other cities who have sent a thousand police officers in the middle of the night to arrest hundreds of people, who are just expressing their opinion, that's not acceptable," said Occupy Boston lawyer Howard Cooper.

City leaders say they want the power to shut it down.

This program aired on December 1, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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