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August 2018

Necessity Defense Trial Date Set! October 8th-11th 2018

By |2018-09-20T10:54:12-07:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, Info, News|Tags: , , , , |

Lauren Regan is headed to Clearwater County MN, to argue the Necessity Defense along with co-counsel Tim Phillips of Minneapolis and Kelsey Skaggs, on behalf of brave Valve Turners, Emily and Annette Klapstein, and climate activist (and repeat CLDC client) Ben Joldersma. Two years ago they turned off 2 pipeline […]

Minnesota Supreme Court Grants Use of the Climate Necessity Defense: We Are Trial Bound!

By |2019-05-16T18:17:56-07:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , |

Update: The trial will be October 8th-11th.

In 2016, five brave individuals, now known as the Valve Turners, turned off all 4 pipelines bringing tar sands oil into the US from Canada for a day. There have already been 3 trials (with Lauren as one of the trial counsel), in Washington, […]

July 2018

Lawyer Response to ETP’s Reckless Mistreatment of Protesters at the L’eau Est La Vie Pipeline Resistance Camp

By |2018-07-27T16:01:56-07:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Know Your Rights, News|Tags: , , , |

As water protectors continue to stand up to the construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, in the Atchafayala Basin, reckless intimidation from Energy Transfer Partners is on the rise! They are asking for protection from Louisiana State Police, and are receiving none. CLDC stands in solidarity with these activists and […]

March 2018

Leonard Higgins Walks Free!

By |2018-06-15T12:45:10-07:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , , , |

March 20, 2018– Statement of Lauren Regan, Civil Liberties Defense Center Attorney for Higgins.

On behalf of our client Leonard Higgins, we want to begin by thanking your honor, court staff, and the district attorney for their time and professionalism with regard to this case. It is not very often that […]

November 2017

Water Protector Undeterred One Year After Standing Rock Police Brutality

By |2018-06-15T12:45:11-07:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sophia Wilansky was just 21 years old when she gathered with other Water Protectors on the Backwater bridge north of the Standing Rock encampment in North Dakota. She had come to the Oceti Sakowin camp in solidarity with the indigenous led movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from destroying […]

Valve Turner Appeals Court Refusal to Allow the Climate Necessity Defense

By |2018-06-15T12:45:11-07:00November 9th, 2017|Categories: Current Cases, Featured, News|Tags: , , , , |

November 9, 2017

Mount Vernon, WA — An appeal was filed today in the Washington Court of Appeals challenging a Superior Court ruling that denied climate activists the ability to present a necessity defense to a jury.  Ken Ward, a climate activist from Corbett, Oregon, was charged with sabotage and burglary […]

October 2017

Update from North Dakota Climate Trial

By |2018-06-15T12:45:11-07:00October 4th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Current Cases, Featured|Tags: , , , |

Greetings from Cavalier, North Dakota where we are currently defending the North Dakota Valve Turners, Michael Foster and Sam Jessup.  It’s day 3 of trial today.  We spent a day and a half picking a jury in this rural, conservative farming community on the outskirts of the Baaken oil fields […]

June 2017

Immediate Release: Climate Denier’s SLAPP RICO case thrown out of Texas federal court

By |2017-09-11T13:23:52-07:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Current Cases, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , |

Today Senior United States District Judge Sam R. Cummings, with the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, roundly dismissed the frivolous Rackateering lawsuit brought by Texas climate denier Leonid Goldstein against leading environmental organizations, foundations, and activists for their climate activism and advocacy.  The lawsuit, brought as […]

February 2017

Pipeline Protester Trial Ends With Hung Jury In Victory For Climate Movement

By |2017-09-11T13:22:41-07:00February 1st, 2017|Categories: Current Cases, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , , |

Mount Vernon, WA — In a victory for the climate movement, a jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Ken Ward, a climate activist from Corbett, Oregon, who had been charged with sabotage and burglary after an October 2016 protest in which he and four other […]

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