Category: Updates

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...

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...

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...

Activists Explain Disruption of Dakota Access Pipeline
August 10, 2017August 22, 2017
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Activists Explain Disruption of Dakota Access Pipeline

On July 24th, Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek publicly explained how and why they had disrupted construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline for months. They detailed how they targeted pipeline infrastructure, and stated: “[C]ourts and public officials allowed these corporations to steal permissions from landowners and brutalize the land, water, and people. Our conclusion is...

Sentence for “Valve-Turner” Climate Activist Ken Ward: No More Jail Time
June 24, 2017June 24, 2017
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Sentence for “Valve-Turner” Climate Activist Ken Ward: No More Jail Time

From our allies at Climate Direct Action: June 23, 2017 Contact: Jay O’Hara 7743130881 oharjo@gmail.com Sabotage Charge Dropped; Ward and Supporters Vow to Overturn His One Remaining Conviction [Mt. Vernon, Washington — June 23, 2017]  Climate activist Ken Ward, the “valve turner” who was arrested and prosecuted for closing the emergency valve on an oil sands...