Haley Wants Occupy Columbia Suit Sent to Fed Court
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Attorneys for Gov. Nikki Haley are asking that a lawsuit against her filed by Occupy Columbia protesters be moved from state court to federal court. In court papers filed Wednesday, attorneys representing the governor and other top state officials say the issues around the arrests of protesters involve constitutional rights to free speech, assembly and unreasonable search and seizure and should be heard in a federal court. The motion means a Thursday hearing on the matter in state court has been canceled. Attorney Mark Schnee, who represents the protesters, says he will ask a federal judge to continue a restraining order from a state judge that prevents state officials from arresting the protesters and allows them to have tents on Statehouse grounds.