Jury Refuses to Convict Activist for Shutting Down Pipeline*

Posted: February 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

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On Wednesday, a Washington state jury refused to convict climate activist Ken Ward on two felony counts related to the multi-state coordinated direct action against Canadian tar sands oil and in solidarity with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

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Jury Refuses to Convict Activist for Shutting Down Pipeline*

Activist Ken Ward breaking into the Trans Mountain Pipeline valve in Anacortes, WA Oct. 11, 2016 | Photo: Shut It Down Activist Ken Ward breaking into the Trans Mountain Pipeline valve in Anacortes, WA Oct. 11, 2016 | Photo: Shut It Down

“This trial was about climate change … and the story of the climate crisis won,” said co-accused climate activist Emily Johnston.

On Wednesday, a Washington state jury refused to convict climate activist Ken Ward on two felony counts related to the multi-state coordinated direct action against Canadian tar sands oil and in solidarity with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

Despite clear video evidence of Ward illegally breaking into and shutting down the Trans Mountain pipeline near Anacortes, Washington, last October, the 12-member jury refused to convict, declaring a mis-trial in what has been hailed as an important win for the climate justice movement, with potential consequences for the growing resistance to the Trump administration.

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  1. markadamsjdmba says:

    This is why the ruling elite have nearly eliminated jury trials.

    If you didn’t know that your democratic rights to trials by jury had been eliminated for everything but felony charges, see http://americanjurypower.org/home/no_right.php and don’t miss the supreme court case at the link in that article in which 5 so-called conservative, strict constructionist justices found an invisible word in 2 clauses in that quaint old constitution in the ruling elite’s latest effort to convert a justice system designed to be controlled by the people into one controlled by the ruling elite.

  2. I pray this is an encouraging sign, but Trump has really declared war on that 9th Circuit now that it’s also put a brake on his 7 nation Muslim ban.
    Thanks for this post, Stuart. I love the photo.

  3. Great to hear from you, Marie. I just heard on the BBC that the appellate court has upheld the stay on the 7 nation Muslim ban. We live in interesting times, heh? I love the photo, too. Very business-like.

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