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Criminal charges dropped against would-be Bank of America occupiers

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office today dropped misdemeanor trespassing charges against 24 people who tried to stage a sit-in at Bank of America's Massachusetts headquarters as a protest against its lending and foreclosure policies on Friday.

"The Commonwealth makes this recommendation based on the peaceful nature of the protest and the non-confrontational manner of their interactions with police," Assistant District Attorney Susan Terrey said in Boston Municipal Court today.

The change, accepted by the protesters, ranging in age from 19 to 68, means none will face a criminal record as a result of the protest, organized by Take Back Boston, a coalition of local and national groups that also staged a weekend protest in Dorchester.

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The Suffolk County District Attorney's office today dropped misdemeanor trespassing charges against 24 people who tried to stage a sit-in at Bank of America's Massachusetts headquarters on Friday as a protest against its lending and foreclosure policies.

This afternoon I saw a moose driving down the highway, and he asked me whether you mean:

1)The protesters were staging a sit-in at Bank of America's Massachusetts headquarters on Friday as a protest against its lending and foreclosure policies

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2)as a protest against its lending and foreclosure policies, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office today dropped misdemeanor trespassing charges against 24 people who tried to stage a sit-in at Bank of America's Massachusetts headquarters on Friday

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Changed the wording slightly, because I'm burned out from writing up licensing-board stuff, but honestly, which meaning do you think I meant?

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Captain Annoying to the rescue.

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I had to reread that about 5 times to see where the unclear sentence structure was.

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