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Five Occupy defendants seek dismissal of charges


A judge will determine next week whether to dismiss criminal charges against five people who were arrested during the Occupy Boston encampment in 2011.

The five argue that their ­arrests were an unconstitutional infringement of their First Amendment rights. The outcome could set an important precedent for similar cases, includ­ing nearly two dozen others who are fighting charges.

At Boston Municipal Court Monday afternoon, Associate Justice Mark Hart Summerville heard brief arguments on the motion to dismiss. But he said he wanted to wait to make a ­decision on the motion until the case’s scheduled trial date on Feb...