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‘Occupy London’ protesters allowed to stay until 2012: lawyer

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LONDON — Anti-capitalist protesters camped outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral will be allowed to remain until at least the New Year, a lawyer for the group said after a meeting city authorities Wednesday.

Lawyer John Cooper, who has advised the Occupy London Stock Exchange (OLSX) group since the first day of their protest, revealed on micro-blogging website Twitter that city authorities had offered his clients a “deal to stay until New Year.”

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The lawyer said he would be advising OLSX while they considered the offer.

Greg Williams, head of media for local authority The City of London Corporation, would not confirm or deny the 2012 deadline when contacted by AFP.

Protesters, who were inspired by a similar occupation of New York’s Wall Street, later confirmed the offer and said they hoped the deadline could be extended further.

Relaying information from the group’s general assembly, demonstrator Steve Rushton told AFP that Cooper had “asserted that we have been given leave to stay until December 31.”

“That should give us a good chance to continue the dialogue and hopefully it will be ongoing after that,” he added. “It will be great that we can stay until at least then and then look forward to continuing it.”

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The City of London Corporation tweeted that it had met representatives of the camp for a “constructive meeting”, in which they outlined their responsibilities regarding public highways and planning.

“Our aim is agreement (without prejudice) regarding reducing camp size and limiting duration,” it added.

Protest planner Tina Rothery said the group was debating a request from the authority to remove some tents in order to make space for the fire service.

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“There’s a hindrance of access for St Paul’s churchyard,” she said. “We’re not blocking it but they would like more space.”

St Paul’s Cathedral and the city authorities on Tuesday suspended planned legal action against the protesters, who set up camp on October 15.

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The management of St Paul’s said it had unanimously agreed to suspend action against the demonstrators, who have turned the churchyard into a sprawling campsite and triggered turmoil in the cathedral hierarchy.

The head of St Paul’s quit on Monday after facing criticism for attempts to move on the protesters.


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‘All nine justices’ rejected Trump’s claim of absolute immunity: CNN’s Toobin

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On Thursday, following the Supreme Court's 7-2 ruling that President Donald Trump's taxes are not immune from the Manhattan criminal investigation, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down the implications of the decision.

"All nine justices reject the position put forth by the president's lawyers in this case," said Toobin. "All nine justices say that the president does not have absolute immunity from a subpoena, and all nine agree that the case has to go back to district court."

"This is a legal defeat for the president, but it may be a practical victory," added Toobin. "The idea that the president can't be subpoenaed is completely rejected but the Supreme Court, and that even the two dissenting justices agree on ... the practical victory for the president is that the legal proceedings will continue. It seems unlikely, given this opinion, that the president will ultimately be able to stop the disclosure of these events to the grand jury in Manhattan, but it's going to take time. I mean, this process will begin again. The district court will get briefings. They may hear evidence. That will be appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and then losing party will likely go back to the Supreme Court. All of this will take a while."

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Rapper fatally shot while ‘walking away’ by California security guard after dispute over face mask

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A California security guard is facing murder charges after allegedly shooting a 1990s-era rapper while "walking away" after a dispute over face masks.

CNN reported that 50-year-old Jerry Lewis was killed by Umeir Corniche Hawkins at a market in Southern California on July 5.

A dispute occurred between the two men because Lewis was reportedly not wearing a mask.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Hawkins shot Lewis in the back as he walked away after the two had multiple encounters over the face mask.

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Supreme Court stuns experts with 7-2 ruling in Trump tax case

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In a 7-2 decision that surprised many court observers, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney seeking his tax returns.

Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who were nominated by Trump, both joined the majority in ruling against the president.

"Two hundred years ago, a great jurist of our Court established that no citizen, not even the President, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding. We reaffirm that principle," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision.

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