Projects and Cases

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 […]

June 2019

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 […]

November 2018

CLDC Argues Against White Supremacist Who Wants to Unmask Antifa Members

By |2018-11-16T15:32:13-08:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Current Cases, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , |

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Last week in San Francisco, Attorney Cooper Brinson of the CLDC, along with co-counsel James Wheaton of the First Amendment Project, argued that a subpoena issued by OG Analytical (a cannabis testing company based in Eugene, Oregon) […]

Necessity Defense May Have Another Chance in Court in Skagit County

By |2018-11-13T12:28:54-08:00November 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 […]

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 […]

January 2017

December 2016

Petition to Allow Out-of-State Attorneys to Represent Water Protectors

By |2019-05-16T18:18:58-07:00December 22nd, 2016|Categories: About, Current Cases, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , |

Today, the CLDC submitted a public comment in support of a petition to the North Dakota Supreme Court that urges the Court to temporarily allow out-of-state attorneys to defend water protectors arrested at Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota. You should too! Follow the instructions on how […]

November 2016

Back to the War Zone

By |2019-05-16T18:18:58-07:00November 12th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases, Featured, Info, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , , , |

We will defend water protectors in court and help organize court support for over 470 arrestees; we will pursue the civil rights actions we are working on against cops and jails; Jamil will ensure computers and communications are as secure as possible; and Erin will lend support to the water protectors and the youth of Standing Rock, hundreds and thousands of whom are now suffering from trauma caused by violent, militarized police and the constant surveillance and harassment by cops and DAPL’s private security goons.

October 2016

Legal Support for #ShutItDown Activists

By |2017-08-02T13:26:32-07:00October 12th, 2016|Categories: Current Cases, News, Projects and Cases|Tags: , , |

CLDC is providing legal support to all five teams across the country. "These earth-defenders may be the first to encounter energy infrastructure sentencing and charging enhancements for non-violent civil disobedience in the US." -Lauren Regan, CLDC Executive Director

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