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Occupy LA protesters to get free speech classes

Attorney: City won't press charges if program completed


By Kate Linthicum
Chattanooga Times Free Press

LOS ANGELES — Many Occupy L.A. protesters arrested during demonstrations in recent months are being offered a unique chance to avoid court trials: pay $355 to a private company for a lesson in free speech.

Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney William Carter said the city won't press charges against protesters who complete the educational program offered by American Justice Associates.

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