Restraining order at Occupy L.A. is moot issue -- for now
This post has been corrected. See note below.
The issue of a restraining order that would prevent police from dismantling the Occupy Los Angeles encampment around City Hall without first providing notice has been shelved for now, after a member of the protest failed to show up in court Friday morning.
On Thursday, a protester gave the Los Angeles city attorney's office notice that he would be seeking an emergency restraining order in Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday, according to Deputy City Atty. William Carter.
Several attorneys from the city showed up for the hearing, along with civil rights lawyer Carol Sobel, a legal advisor for Occupy protests across the country who planned to argue that the protester seeking the injunction did not represent Occupy L.A.
But because nobody showed up to file the required paperwork, the matter is moot for now.
While the attorneys waited to see whether the paperwork would be filed, they talked about the legal complexities of a protest that claims to be leaderless.
Sobel said there are a group of de facto leaders, including protesters who meet regularly with city officials.
[For the Record, 11:58 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly used "mute" instead of "moot."]
-- Kate Linthicum at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: Demonstrators march with a large banner outside a Bank of America office at an Occupy L.A. protest on Thursday. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters