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Protesters found 'not guilty' ... protest ruled a 'necessity

Postby mothra » 29 Mar 2018, 14:49

Anti-pipeline campaigners found not guilty by judge because 'protest against climate change crisis' was legal 'necessity'
'We're part of the the movement that is standing up and saying we won’t let this go by on our watch'

More than a dozen protesters who clambered into holes dug for a high pressure gas pipeline said they had been found not responsible by a judge after hearing them argue their actions to try and stop climate change were a legal “necessity”.

Karenna Gore, the daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, was among more than 198 people who were arrested because of their 2015 actions protesting the pipeline in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, a neighbourhood of Boston. Thirteen people were to go on trial this week, though prosecutors downgraded their original criminal charges to one of civil infraction.

On Tuesday, Judge Mary Ann Driscoll of West Roxbury District Court, found all 13 defendants not responsible, the equivalent of not guilty in a criminal case. She did so after each of the defendants addressed the judge and explained why they were driven to try and halt the pipeline’s construction.

Speaking outside the court afterwards, Ms Gore, 44, Director of the Centre for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York, said the court’s decision was historic. “What happened today was really important,” she said.

“The people….were found not responsible by reason of necessity. The irony is that we are making ourselves responsible. We’re part of the the movement that is standing up and saying we won’t let this go by on our watch. We won’t act like nothing’s wrong.”

Marla Marcum of the Climate Disobedience Centre, which supported the activists, said that each of the 13 had addressed the judge about why they had been part of the protests against the pipeline, which was constructed by Houston-based company Spectra Energy.

At the end, she said they were all not responsible by reason of legal necessity,” she said. She said she expected an audio recording of the hearing to be made available by the court and her group would then share it.

Neither Ms Driscoll or the court clerk was available for comment. However, one member of the court’s staff who asked not to be named, confirmed to The Independent the judge had found them not responsible. The person denied, however, that the judge had made the ruling on the grounds of legal necessity.

The environmentalist and academic Bill McKibben, who was to appear as a defence witness for the defendants, said on Twitter: “Good golly! A few minutes ago a Boston judge acquitted 13 pipeline protesters on the grounds that the climate crisis made it necessary for them to commit civil disobedience. This may be a first in America.”

Spectra Energy, which was last year bought by the Canadian firm Enbridge Inc, did not immediately respond to enquiries.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pipeline-protesters-boston-protest-not-guilty-climate-change-karenna-gore-mary-ann-driscoll-a8276851.html
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Re: Protesters found 'not guilty' ... protest ruled a 'neces

Postby MilesAway » 29 Mar 2018, 15:27

Words matter: that is interesting.

The Australian Cricket cheating scandal comes directly to mind.

Even more the fact that admitting it was actually cheating took so very very long when the world at large knew it was nothing but red-handed cheating.

What a bunch of retarded scum arse jet setters we are: pretedning mother nature can give us a free luch!

9-11 happened for a reason and it's becuase us western worlders are dishonest scum who care nought for anything and when we are caught we still can't admit it!

Things are getting very interesting as of late!

Le'ts not forget Trump got elected for a reason.... the political philospher on QandA addressed all of these questions...a ctually I'm not sure if he addressed climate change but I missed a bit of the start I seem to recall.
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Re: Protesters found 'not guilty' ... protest ruled a 'neces

Postby pinkeye » 30 Mar 2018, 01:00

mothra wrote:Anti-pipeline campaigners found not guilty by judge because 'protest against climate change crisis' was legal 'necessity'
'We're part of the the movement that is standing up and saying we won’t let this go by on our watch'

More than a dozen protesters who clambered into holes dug for a high pressure gas pipeline said they had been found not responsible by a judge after hearing them argue their actions to try and stop climate change were a legal “necessity”.

Karenna Gore, the daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, was among more than 198 people who were arrested because of their 2015 actions protesting the pipeline in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, a neighbourhood of Boston. Thirteen people were to go on trial this week, though prosecutors downgraded their original criminal charges to one of civil infraction.

On Tuesday, Judge Mary Ann Driscoll of West Roxbury District Court, found all 13 defendants not responsible, the equivalent of not guilty in a criminal case. She did so after each of the defendants addressed the judge and explained why they were driven to try and halt the pipeline’s construction.

Speaking outside the court afterwards, Ms Gore, 44, Director of the Centre for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York, said the court’s decision was historic. “What happened today was really important,” she said.

“The people….were found not responsible by reason of necessity. The irony is that we are making ourselves responsible. We’re part of the the movement that is standing up and saying we won’t let this go by on our watch. We won’t act like nothing’s wrong.”

Marla Marcum of the Climate Disobedience Centre, which supported the activists, said that each of the 13 had addressed the judge about why they had been part of the protests against the pipeline, which was constructed by Houston-based company Spectra Energy.

At the end, she said they were all not responsible by reason of legal necessity,” she said. She said she expected an audio recording of the hearing to be made available by the court and her group would then share it.

Neither Ms Driscoll or the court clerk was available for comment. However, one member of the court’s staff who asked not to be named, confirmed to The Independent the judge had found them not responsible. The person denied, however, that the judge had made the ruling on the grounds of legal necessity.

The environmentalist and academic Bill McKibben, who was to appear as a defence witness for the defendants, said on Twitter: “Good golly! A few minutes ago a Boston judge acquitted 13 pipeline protesters on the grounds that the climate crisis made it necessary for them to commit civil disobedience. This may be a first in America.”

Spectra Energy, which was last year bought by the Canadian firm Enbridge Inc, did not immediately respond to enquiries.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pipeline-protesters-boston-protest-not-guilty-climate-change-karenna-gore-mary-ann-driscoll-a8276851.html




I do hope people continue to stand up for what is right. Trump's decision to open up massive swaths of protected land to specualtion is (%^786*6&^%^) :S
BUT SO IS the Australian Government seeking to open up Ocean sanctuaries. They tried to push it through the Senate last night.? It horrifies me.. this smiling amarmy government. They do things in SECRET which aren't GOOD things.
I doubt many Australians KNOW about this government proposal. It is so WRONG.
Tell you local MP... you want to protect the oceans around our shores, NOT exploit them for CORPORATE PROFIT.

The government might say its good for Australia. But how? If these corporate bodies are already paying fuck all tax, why would we give them MORE to rape and pillage.

IT MAKES NO SENSE.!!
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Re: Protesters found 'not guilty' ... protest ruled a 'neces

Postby mothra » 30 Mar 2018, 01:09

The young people in the US standing up to the gun lobby are attracting tremendous amounts of support and criticism.

Fortunately, as it usually is, the support is considerably more meaningful.

But i've been an activist since i was 16. I've seen a great deal of shift for both enthusiasm and response.

I've been feeling a '90s-ishness in breeze. After a long hibernation, it seems activism is cool again.
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Re: Protesters found 'not guilty' ... protest ruled a 'neces

Postby MilesAway » 30 Mar 2018, 19:15

Trump may have to deal with some surprising events because I don't see how he won't win a second term!
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Re: Protesters found 'not guilty' ... protest ruled a 'neces

Postby pinkeye » 30 Mar 2018, 23:26

mothra wrote:The young people in the US standing up to the gun lobby are attracting tremendous amounts of support and criticism.

Fortunately, as it usually is, the support is considerably more meaningful.

But i've been an activist since i was 16. I've seen a great deal of shift for both enthusiasm and response.

I've been feeling a '90s-ishness in breeze. After a long hibernation, it seems activism is cool again.



'tis true we are an apathetic lot.
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Re: Protesters found 'not guilty' ... protest ruled a 'neces

Postby MilesAway » 01 Apr 2018, 20:11

pinkeye wrote:
mothra wrote:The young people in the US standing up to the gun lobby are attracting tremendous amounts of support and criticism.

Fortunately, as it usually is, the support is considerably more meaningful.

But i've been an activist since i was 16. I've seen a great deal of shift for both enthusiasm and response.

I've been feeling a '90s-ishness in breeze. After a long hibernation, it seems activism is cool again.



'tis true we are an apathetic lot.

Guns are a problem in America: it's not a global problem like climate change!
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Re: Protesters found 'not guilty' ... protest ruled a 'neces

Postby Auggie » 05 Apr 2018, 17:30

What I’d be interested to know is if the protesters stopped the actions of the company? Of course they have he right to protest but hey don’t have the right to prevent a person or entity from engaging in legal commerce, if that was the case.
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Postby MilesAway » 05 Apr 2018, 17:58

CaesarAugustus wrote:What I’d be interested to know is if the protesters stopped the actions of the company? Of course they have he right to protest but hey don’t have the right to prevent a person or entity from engaging in legal commerce, if that was the case.

I would say they did stop the actions of the company! This would be the reason for the headline, IMHO!!
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