Judge rules OccupyMN can have signs, but still no tents

The protesters filed a lawsuit against the county earlier this week -- saying rules against tents or posting signs are unconstitutional. The county argues its restrictions are reasonable, saying no group has a First Amendment right to use the plaza as a private campground.
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The protesters filed a lawsuit against the county earlier this week -- saying rules against tents or posting signs are unconstitutional. The county argues its restrictions are reasonable, saying no group has a First Amendment right to use the plaza as a private campground.

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