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CDP in the Press: Explaining the Necessity Defense
October 25, 2017January 23, 2018
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CDP in the Press: Explaining the Necessity Defense

CDP’s Alice Cherry was quoted in an Associated Press article describing the history and use of the necessity defense by climate activists and others. The article also mentions Climate Defense Project’s resources on the necessity defense. Check it out here. It was first attempted in a U.S. environmental case in 2009 when a climate change...

CDP in the Press: CDP co-founder Kelsey Skaggs Featured in KPFA Interview
October 23, 2017October 26, 2017
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CDP in the Press: CDP co-founder Kelsey Skaggs Featured in KPFA Interview

CDP Executive Director Kelsey Skaggs was featured in an interview with Christina Aanestad on KPFA, a Northern California radio station, this morning. Other individuals interviewed as part of the broadcast include Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, and Annette Klapstein, one of the defendants in the Shut It Down action. You can check out the full...

Recognizing Strength of Activists’ Case, Minnesota Judge Issues First-of-its-Kind Written Decision Allowing Presentation of Climate Necessity Defense in a Jury Trial
October 14, 2017October 17, 2017
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Recognizing Strength of Activists’ Case, Minnesota Judge Issues First-of-its-Kind Written Decision Allowing Presentation of Climate Necessity Defense in a Jury Trial

Climate Defense Project October 14, 2017 info@climatedefenseproject.org Berkeley, CA — Climate activists secured a significant victory on Friday when a Minnesota judge issued a written opinion allowing the presentation of the climate necessity defense at a jury trial. The case stems from a set of coordinated “Shut It Down” actions last October, when activists across...

CDP in the Press: Media Coverage of North Dakota Trial
October 13, 2017October 14, 2017
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CDP in the Press: Media Coverage of North Dakota Trial

CDP attorney Alice Cherry was a member of the legal team defending activists Michael Foster and Samuel Jessup in their recent trial in North Dakota, which ended in convictions after experts on climate science and civil disobedience were barred from testifying. Michael Foster was a “valve turner” who turned off the flow of tar sands...

After Judge Refused to Allow Climate Change Experts To Testify in Their Defense, Climate Activists Michael Foster and Sam Jessup Are Convicted on Felony Charges in North Dakota Court for Shutting Off Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline
October 7, 2017October 13, 2017
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After Judge Refused to Allow Climate Change Experts To Testify in Their Defense, Climate Activists Michael Foster and Sam Jessup Are Convicted on Felony Charges in North Dakota Court for Shutting Off Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline

From our allies at Climate Direct Action: Contact: Stephen Kent,  skent@kentcom.com ,  914-589-5988 [Cavalier, North Dakota – October 6, 2017] The landmark trial of Michael Foster, a mental health counselor in his 50s from Seattle, just ended in conviction on several felony charges for his action of shutting off the emergency valve on the Keystone 1 tar sands pipeline...

CDP in the Press: Activists in 4-state pipeline protest embrace unique defense
October 2, 2017October 18, 2017
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CDP in the Press: Activists in 4-state pipeline protest embrace unique defense

The Associated Press covered the Shut It Down trials, including the North Dakota case of Michael Foster, and discussed at length the climate necessity defense. “The necessity defense is popular among environmental activists. The Climate Defense Project even offers an educational guide on what it calls an area of the law that is ‘developing rapidly.'”...