Judge Inspects Boston “Free Speech” Protest Zone

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A federal judge walked under coils of razor wire and black netting yesterday for a firsthand look at a "free speech" protest zone near next week's Boston Democratic National Convention site that prompted a lawsuit from activists who liken the space to a prison. U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock inspected the 28,000-square-foot area under abandoned elevated tracks and raised questions, including whether the area could safely contain protesters with only two exits. "Are there any state building code requirements about the number of exits for a space for 4,000 people?" he asked. Police . . .

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