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 Arizona related to an alleged 2017 sabotage of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and related damage to construction equipment in the southern district of Iowa. She is currently in custody awaiting a federal detention hearing. Yesterday, Ruby’s codefendant Jessica Reznicek voluntarily appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and was released pursuant to electronic monitoring. The indictment remains sealed at this time.
The Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) stands with our client, courageous anti-pipeline activist Ruby Montoya, as she and codefendant Jessica Reznicek face multiple felony charges brought by a federal grand jury convened by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa. The women face 10 to 130 years in federal prison if convicted. Ruby and Jess, as well as thousands of others throughout the nation and beyond, steadfastly conveyed to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the fossil fuel industry, and its governmental allies, that DAPL was dangerous, unacceptable, and immoral through their nonviolent protests. Stay tuned as this case unfolds.