Tag Archives: Necessity Defense

20 LNG Project Protestors Argue Their Defense in Court

Cove Point protestors outside the Calvert County Courthouse.
Cove Point protestors outside the Calvert County Courthouse.
Most receive 3 years unsupervised probation

By Andrea Frazier, Calvert Recorder

In multiple court proceedings involving 20 defendants accused of minor charges stemming from late-2014 protests, Calvert residents as well as out-of-state advocates defended their actions they claimed were necessary to protect public health and safety. Continue reading 20 LNG Project Protestors Argue Their Defense in Court

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In Court, Cove Point Defenders Vow to Fight On

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After the trials, the We Are Cove Point protectors, their supporters and attorney Mark Goldstone reviewed the day. Missing is Steve Norris, who was sent directly to jail.

By Elisabeth Hoffman, Climate Howard

Steve Norris, a retired professor from North Carolina, is stuck in the Calvert County Detention Center for the next few days. That is not his chief concern, though. And he’s expressed no remorse for his crime. Continue reading In Court, Cove Point Defenders Vow to Fight On

Judge Rejects Necessity Defense, Imposes Stiff Sentence on Cove Point Protestors

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Cove Point protestors outside the Calvert County Courthouse.

By Margaret Flowers, We Are Cove Point

Prince Frederick, MD – On Monday, February 23, twenty Cove Point Protectors went to trial in the Calvert County District Court for actions last November and December to raise awareness and build resistance to a new gas refinery, liquefaction train, power plant and export terminal being built by Dominion Resources in the neighborhood of Cove Point in Southern Maryland. The Cove Point Protectors, as a group, were charged with 20 counts of trespass, 19 counts of failure to obey a lawful order and 2 counts of disorderly conduct. Continue reading Judge Rejects Necessity Defense, Imposes Stiff Sentence on Cove Point Protestors

Flood Wall Street Protesters Plead Not Guilty, Assert “Necessity Defense”

Originally published on DC Media Group

By James Woods

Last month, more than 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City to protest against the global systems which continue to contribute to accelerated climate change in the mad dash to increase profits. Billed as the largest climate rally in the history of the world, the “People’s Climate March” was largely ignored by the mainstream media after filling Manhattan with activists and celebrities trying to garner attention to their cause.

The following Monday, a much smaller group numbering in the thousands stormed through the Financial District en route to Wall Street and staged a “sit-in” large enough to wreak havoc on traffic and commerce in the area for the entire day. As a result, the “Flood Wall Street” action received more press coverage than the previous day and more than 100 protesters (including a large polar bear) were arrested for failing to disperse after being confronted by the NYPD.

While protesters being arrested in New York City has become a common occurrence since the 2011 evolution of Occupy Wall Street, the affirmative “necessity defense” being asserted by the 12 protesters who entered a plea of not guilty is definitely worthy of note because it is so seldomly used, it could actually work.

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