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In Tenn. and NY, local officials thwart state governments, block Occupy protesters' removal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ' Tennessee's governor and his administration have twice sent state troopers to handcuff and haul away Occupy Nashville protesters camped out just steps away from the Capitol.
And twice, a relatively obscure local official refused to jail them.
Under state law, a judicial commissioner determines if there is probable cause that a crime has been committed. And that official in this case has set the demonstrators free, despite Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's efforts. The magistrate, Tom Nelson, says state officials have no authority to set a curfew requiring the protesters to leave or face arrest.
New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo also been thwarted by local officials in his efforts to oust those camping out to protest corporate greed.