Valve-Turner Conviction Gets Overturned, Breathing New Life Into “Necessity Defense”

Valve-Turner Conviction Gets Overturned, Breathing New Life Into “Necessity Defense”

A Washington state appeals court threw out the conviction of “valve-turner” Ken Ward ruling, “the trial court erred in preventing Ward from introducing evidence in support of his necessity defense,” thereby violating his constitutional rights. 

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Thwarted by the Law, Climate Activists Turn to the Courts

Thwarted by the Law, Climate Activists Turn to the Courts

The “Keep It in the Ground” activists behind Juliana v. United States—the trial of the millennium”—are also the driving forces behind the “necessity defense” trials of the “valve turners” and other eco-terrorists—the “holy grail of climate activism.”

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