On Wednesday Nov. 22, a Fort Benton jury found Leonard Higgins guilty of felony mischief. Not only was Leonard prohibited by the judge, Daniel Boucher, from bringing witnesses to support a necessity defense, but he was not allowed to discuss climate change as his motivation for the action during his own testimony.
A mock trial of Leonard Higgins, Valve Turner, was held at the University Theater in Missoula last Saturday. The cast included Leonard and two of the other Valve Turners, three expert witnesses of different professions, and professional lawyers.
The United States has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement on climate. Hundreds of organizations and government officials have joined a movement to defy Washington by forming a group called the United States Climate Alliance. We are circulating a petition asking Governor Bullock to join the hundreds of mayors and 13 other governors in the Alliance.
After music in Emma Park, attendees of the Renewables Now rally in Butte walked to the new NorthWestern Energy office building at Park and Main. See march action.