Category: Updates

CDP’s Alice Cherry Interviewed on KBOO
February 4, 2020February 4, 2020
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CDP’s Alice Cherry Interviewed on KBOO

Alice Cherry, CDP Co-Founder and Staff Attorney, was interviewed on Portland-based radio station KBOO last week, as part of a segment called Left and the Law. Alice discussed the climate necessity defense, upcoming cases, and the recent Ninth Circuit opinion in the youth lawsuit against the federal government, Juliana v. United States. You can listen to...

Law Professor Amicus Brief Filed in Spokane Case
January 14, 2020January 14, 2020
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Law Professor Amicus Brief Filed in Spokane Case

On behalf of 122 law professors, CDP filed today a friend-of-court brief in support of George Taylor, a reverend and member of Veterans for Peace who was involved in a protest against the transport of crude oil by trains in downtown Spokane, WA. Mr. Taylor is appealing the reversal of a trial court ruling granting his...

Appeal Underway in Montana Valve Turner Case
December 18, 2019December 18, 2019
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Appeal Underway in Montana Valve Turner Case

Fort Benton, MT — Leonard Higgins and his attorneys are appealing his conviction for a protest that shut down the flow of Canadian tar sands oil into the United States. The appeal focuses on the court’s denial of Mr. Higgins’ right to present a complete defense. Prior to trial, in a violation of Mr. Higgins’ constitutional...

Victory for Climate Necessity Defense Upheld at Washington Supreme Court
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
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Victory for Climate Necessity Defense Upheld at Washington Supreme Court

The Washington Supreme Court has declined to review a ruling by the state’s Court of Appeals upholding the right of CDP client Ken Ward to present a necessity defense at trial. The Court of Appeals ruling, issued in April of this year, had overturned a previous decision by the trial court to bar all evidence...

Straubel Foundation on CDP and “Necessity” Film
May 6, 2019May 10, 2019
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Straubel Foundation on CDP and “Necessity” Film

The Straubel Foundation recently posted a short article about CDP’s work and the upcoming documentary film Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance. Climate Defense Project Executive Director Kelsey Skaggs is one of the foundation’s fellows this year. You can follow the film on Facebook or sign up for updates on the Necessity website.

CDP Hosts Film Screening and Benefit Event
April 30, 2019April 30, 2019
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CDP Hosts Film Screening and Benefit Event

On Friday, April 26, CDP partnered with psychologist and documentary filmmaker Jan Haaken to host a screening of her film Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance, in which CDP attorneys are interviewed. Held at the OK Stereo Loft in Oakland, the event featured a panel discussion with Haaken, CDP co-founder and attorney Alice Cherry, and...

Washington Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Present Necessity Defense in Climate Case
April 8, 2019April 9, 2019
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Washington Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Present Necessity Defense in Climate Case

Climate Defense Project April 8, 2019 Contact: Kelsey Skaggs, (510) 883-3118; info@climatedefenseproject.org Today the Washington Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the conviction of climate activist Ken Ward and sent his case back to the lower court for a third trial because Ward was denied his Sixth Amendment right to present the necessity defense to a...