necessity defense

February 2020

Oregon Jury Refuses to Convict Extinction Rebellion Portland Activists of Protest Charges After Hearing First Climate Necessity Defense in the State

By |2020-02-27T20:10:10-08:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News, Protest|Tags: , , , |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2020
Contact: Lauren Regan
(541) 687-9180

Portland, OR — CLDC attorneys Lauren Regan and Cooper Brinson, joined by co-counsel and Portland attorney Kenneth Kreuscher, are pleased that a Portland jury was unable to find their clients, a group of Extinction Rebellion (XR) Portland activists, guilty. Regan, Brinson, and Kreuscher […]

January 2020

CLDC SEEKS TO ASSERT CLIMATE NECESSITY DEFENSE IN RESPONSE TO EXTINCTION REBELLION PORTLAND PROTEST CHARGES

By |2020-02-14T17:26:46-08:00January 16th, 2020|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News, Protest|Tags: , , , |

Oregon Jury to Hear Climate “Choice of Evils” Defense for the First Time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 16, 2020
Contact: Lauren Regan
(541) 687-9180

Portland, OR — Yesterday CLDC attorneys, joined by co-counsel and Portland attorney Kenneth Kreuscher, filed a brief in the Multnomah County Circuit Court on behalf of our clients, a group of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

April 2018

Valve Turners to Present Climate Necessity Defense

By |2018-08-13T12:42:09-07:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Featured, Fundraising, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Eugene, OR — Today is a historic moment for climate activists in the U.S. The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a lower trial court’s ruling that will allow four climate activists to provide evidence of the necessity of their actions to a jury of their peers.

November 2017

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 […]