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October 2019

CLDC Stands with Ruby Montoya

By |2019-10-04T14:27:33-07:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , , |

Update (10/4/2019): Our client, Ruby Montoya, was ordered released from custody by the US District Court in Arizona today. There is still a long road ahead but we are thankful that she is out of jail.

On Friday, September 27, 2019, our client Ruby Montoya was arrested by federal agents in […]

September 2019

Valve Turner Ken Ward Wins Climate Necessity Defense in Washington Supreme Court: Case Establishes Washington State Legal Precedent

By |2019-09-09T15:36:48-07:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , |

Today climate activists in the U.S. celebrate a crucial victory. Yesterday the Washington Supreme Court denied the State’s petition for review in environmental activist Ken Ward’s case and set a Washington State precedent recognizing the necessity defense for direct action for the sake of preventing catastrophic climate change.

“This victory upholds […]

July 2019

The CLDC SLAPPs Corporate Bullies Back

By |2019-07-30T20:15:46-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Cases, Info, News, Trainings|Tags: , , , , , , |

As part of CLDC’s continuous activist defense program, we  invite you to learn about Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and how to best armor you or your organization by joining a free webinar with Lauren Regan, our Executive Director & Senior Staff Attorney, and Kristina Flores, Climate Campaigner […]

June 2019

CLDC Files Motion Challenging Constitutionality of Free Speech Plaza Curfew

By |2019-06-27T16:39:45-07:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, News, Protest|Tags: , , |

Above: 2013 Monsanto protest in Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to
protect its free expression should be our first object.”

– Thomas Jefferson

(inscribed at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza)

Last Friday the Civil Liberties Defense Center filed a motion challenging […]

Valve Turners Continue the Court Battles Over the Necessity Defense

By |2019-06-18T18:48:31-07:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News, Projects and Cases, Protest|Tags: , , , , |

The CLDC’s work on behalf of the Valve Turners continues this summer. On April 8, 2019, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled in Ken Ward’s favor and affirmed his right to present a climate necessity defense to a jury of his peers. Soon thereafter, the State of Washington sought […]

April 2019

Washington Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Present Necessity Defense in Climate Case

By |2019-04-09T11:58:23-07:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , |

BREAKING NEWS

April 8, 2019

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 jury of his […]

January 2019

In Memoriam: Charles (Charlie) Landeros, 1988-January 11, 2019

By |2019-01-13T12:56:39-07:00January 12th, 2019|Categories: Cases, News|Tags: , |

“Do not let anyone quench your fire. Do not let them dismiss your love nor pacify your rage. My love, do not water yourself down.” – Love and Rage, poem by Charlie Landeros. #LoveAndRage4Charlie

Charles (Charlie) Landeros was a 30-year-old person who was shot and killed by unknown Eugene police officer(s) […]

November 2018

Necessity Defense May Have Another Chance in Court in Skagit County

By |2018-11-13T12:28:54-07:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Cases, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , |

Ken Ward’s Appeal Hearing

On Monday we had our appeal hearing in front of the Washington Court of Appeals on behalf of Valve Turner Ken Ward, who turned off a Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline in Skagit County two years ago. We appealed the judge’s decision to deny our client the […]

Fighting Back Against SLAPP Suits

By |2018-11-26T12:32:17-07:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Cases, Current Cases|Tags: , , , , |

Current SLAPP Suits:

Resolute Forest Products and Kasowitz Law Firm SLAPP Stand.earth and other Environmental Organizations

On May 31, 2016 Resolute Forest Products filed a $300 million (CAD – Canadian dollars) lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt […]

September 2018

CLDC Moves Forward in Lawsuit Challenging Lack of Mental Health Treatment in Jails

By |2019-05-16T18:19:18-07:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases|Tags: , |

Cooper Brinson, Staff Attorney

Back in June, the US District Court for Oregon ruled that a lawsuit, filed by the Civil Liberties Defense Center on behalf of Angelo J. Fricano, should move forward to trial after successfully beating back the defendants attempts to have the case dismissed. The federal civil […]

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