Guilty Verdict in Vialard Case

After a week-long trial riddled with “repeated, flagrant, and intentional misconduct” by the prosecutor, according to defense counsel and CDP staff attorney Claire Glenn, Mylene Vialard was convicted by a jury of felony obstruction for her role in protesting construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota. Read more about the trial in The Guardian, or listen to Vialard’s interview on Democracy Now.

Previous coverage of the case by The Guardian put the case in context by describing the years-long Indigenous-led struggle to stop the pipeline. According to Glenn, “Enbridge was paying police to get people off the protest line and tied up with pretrial conditions, so they could get the pipeline in the ground, and it worked.”