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Pipeline Protest Trial Will Feature Necessity Defense

By October 23, 2017 No Comments

A judge in Minnesota’s Clearwater County will allow four defendants to use an affirmative defense called the “necessity defense” at trial in December, reports the Pioneer Press. Two of those accused of damaging oil pipelines said that “as far as their legal team knows, this is the first time that a judge has allowed a full necessity defense on a climate change issue.” A North Dakota defendant facing similar charges was barred earlier this year from using the necessity defense.