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Prosecutor asks judge to keep environmental, treaty issues out of first protester trial | North Dakota News | bismarcktribune.com

17.12.16

Prosecutor asks judge to keep environmental, treaty issues out of first protester trial | North Dakota News | bismarcktribune.com: But a local criminal defense attorney involved in the protest cases said the 10 people set to be tried on disorderly conduct charges have "a right to explain why they were there," which the prosecutor's request seems to preclude. The protesters fear pipeline construction disturbed sacred sites and that a leak could contaminate the Missouri River.

"They just didn’t parachute in from Mars," Tom Dickson said. "They certainly have a right to say why they were there, why they were doing what they were doing."

South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland, who is overseeing the trial, has yet to rule on the motion.


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