Occupy Philly Protesters Acquitted

The judge said prosecutors didn't meet the threshold to show disorderly conduct

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    Thirty-one Occupy Philadelphia protesters arrested after the eviction of their City Hall encampment have been acquitted of all charges.

    The protesters faced charges of conspiracy, failure to disperse and obstructing a highway in connection with the November police eviction. Municipal Judge Karen Simmons granted a defense motion for acquittal Thursday, following hours of testimony, including video from the raid.

    Simmons says prosecutors didn't meet the threshold to show disorderly conduct. She also said protesters were arrested after complying with an order to get onto the sidewalk and that there was no evidence they made the street impassable.

    Prosecutors say they are disappointed in the decision.

    The protesters camped for weeks outside City Hall in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York, speaking out against economic inequality and what they called corporate greed.