Occupy Nashville Sues Haslam, Others

Members of the Occupy Nashville group that camped out on Legislative Plaza last year have filed suit against Gov. Bill Haslam and other Tennessee officials, The City Paper reports. The group claims the state violated their First Amendment rights by limiting "access by the public to a forum universally accepted to be an area protected for the speech of the governed." In addition to Haslam, the suit names Department of General Services Commissioner Steven Cates, Department of Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol officers who cleared out protestors.