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April 2018

Valve Turners to Present Climate Necessity Defense

By |2018-08-13T12:42:09+00:00April 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.

March 2018

Victory for Valve Turner!

By |2018-07-18T09:12:13+00:00March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: , , , , , |

On Monday night I laid awake all night long in an uncomfortable hotel bed waiting for my alarm to go off at 6am. I was obsessively ruminating on the sentencing presentation I would give to the Chouteau County District Court in Fort Benton, MT on Tuesday morning on behalf of Valve Turner Leonard Higgins.

Leonard Higgins Walks Free!

By |2018-06-15T12:45:10+00:00March 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 […]

December 2017

2017 Year in Review

By |2018-06-15T12:45:11+00:00December 14th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Fundraising, News|Tags: , , , , , |

In troubled political times like these, Civil Liberties Defense Center is called upon to provide expert legal support to a wide variety of social and environmental movements with unprecedented frequency. We are proud and honored to have defended over 150 climate defenders nationwide this year, including those in Skagit County, […]

November 2017

Valve Turner Appeals Court Refusal to Allow the Climate Necessity Defense

By |2018-06-15T12:45:11+00:00November 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+00:00October 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 […]

February 2017

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

By |2017-09-11T13:22:41+00:00February 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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