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Lawyers Could Depose Gov. in Occupy Columbia Case

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Occupy Columbia protesters gathered at the Confederate Memorial on the State House grounds in Nov. of 2011.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Lawyers for Occupy Columbia say they will depose Governor Nikki Haley before their upcoming trial.

Lawyers were in court Friday for a hearing in front of Judge Cameron Currie.

The plaintiffs' lawyers said Friday they might call Haley to testify if they choose during their trial, which is set to start in September.

Last month, a federal court ruled that the governor did not have immunity from the lawsuit.

Occupy Columbia protested state economic policies on the grounds of the State House in November of 2011. On November 16th, the members were arrested and taken off State House grounds after Haley said the group had been damaging the State House grounds. Previous Coverage: Occupy Columbia Protestors Arrested

The group says they had a First Amendment right to protest.

Other people included in the lawsuit include Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith and Bureau of Protective Services Chief Zackary Wise.

The trial is set to begin September 15th.

 

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