Category: Updates

Massachusetts Judge Dismisses Charges Against Climate Activists and Recognizes Necessity of Protest
March 28, 2018March 29, 2018
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Massachusetts Judge Dismisses Charges Against Climate Activists and Recognizes Necessity of Protest

March 28, 2018 Contact: Alice Cherry, (847) 859-9572, info@climatedefenseproject.org. In a victory for the climate movement yesterday, Judge Mary Ann Driscoll of the West Roxbury District Court in Massachusetts found 13 activists not responsible for charges stemming from a 2016 protest against the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. Judge Driscoll found that the defendants were motivated by...

Charges Reduced for West Roxbury Fracked Gas Pipeline Resisters
March 22, 2018April 2, 2018
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Charges Reduced for West Roxbury Fracked Gas Pipeline Resisters

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2018 Contact: Alice Cherry, 847.859.9572 One week prior to trial, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office has abandoned its plans to prosecute the remaining Resist the Pipeline defendants, downgrading all criminal charges to civil infractions and moving the cases out of its jurisdiction. The defendants, who had blocked...

No Jail Time or Fines for Climate Activist Leonard Higgins
March 22, 2018March 22, 2018
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No Jail Time or Fines for Climate Activist Leonard Higgins

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2018 Contact: Kelsey Skaggs, 510.883.3118 Fort Benton, MT — Valve-turner and CDP client Leonard Higgins was sentenced on Tuesday for his part in a coordinated protest that shut down the flow of Canadian tar sands oil into the United States in order to fight climate change. A judge in...

Washington Court Issues Written Decision Allowing Necessity Defense
March 18, 2018March 18, 2018
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Washington Court Issues Written Decision Allowing Necessity Defense

In a big step forward for the climate necessity defense, a Washington trial court has issued a written decision allowing a defendant to assert the defense against charges stemming from a protest against the transportation of dangerous fossil fuels. In 2016, Reverend George Taylor participated in an action by Veterans for Peace and Raging Grannies...

CDP and Friends Discuss Climate Necessity Defense at Legal Conference
March 8, 2018March 14, 2018
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CDP and Friends Discuss Climate Necessity Defense at Legal Conference

CDP Executive Director Kelsey Skaggs appeared at the University of Oregon School of Law to discuss the climate necessity defense. Her co-panelists included law professor Lance Long and climate activists Tim DeChristopher and Emily Johnston. The event was part of the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.

Law Professors File Amicus Brief in Minnesota v. Johnston et al.
December 4, 2017December 22, 2017
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Law Professors File Amicus Brief in Minnesota v. Johnston et al.

107 law professors, along with the Society of American Law Teachers, filed an amicus brief in the Minnesota v. Johnston et al. case today. The brief was submitted as part of an appeal of the trial court’s order granting the defendants permission to present the necessity defense at trial. Covering topics including the First Amendment,...

Climate Defense Project Files Brief Arguing That Public Trust Doctrine Supports Climate Necessity Defense
November 20, 2017November 21, 2017
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Climate Defense Project Files Brief Arguing That Public Trust Doctrine Supports Climate Necessity Defense

Climate Defense Project Berkeley, CA November 20, 2017 On Friday, Climate Defense Project (CDP) filed a first-of-its kind brief in a Washington state climate necessity case, arguing that the government’s failure to protect the climate under the public trust doctrine justifies activists’ use of direct action. The brief argues that state and federal authorities are...

Appeal Filed in Valve Turner Case
November 13, 2017November 13, 2017
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Appeal Filed in Valve Turner Case

Valve Turner Ken Ward has filed an appeal of the denial of his climate necessity defense. Climate Defense Project is working on the appeal, as is the Civil Liberties Defense Center, which has issued the following press release: PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2017 Contact: Lauren Regan, 541.687.9180 Valve Turner Appeals Court Refusal...