Activists Can Make Case For Pipeline Shutoff, Panel Says
Law360 (April 23, 2018, 8:12 PM EDT) -- Four climate change activists charged with tampering with an Enbridge Inc. tar sands pipeline can present evidence at their trial that their actions were necessary to prevent environmental harm caused by fossil fuel use, a Minnesota appeals court said Monday in upholding a lower court ruling.
Local prosecutors had argued that a Clearwater County, Minnesota, judge's ruling that the activists could rely on a necessity defense in their criminal damage and trespass cases will critically hurt the state's ability to successfully prosecute them because it will unnecessarily confuse a jury and conflate the issue of their climate change motivations and the...
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