12 of the 198 people who were arrested for blockading construction on the West Roxbury high-pressure fracked gas pipeline are due in court next Tuesday, but they aren't going to get the #ClimateTrial they were looking for.
These defendants have been denied a jury trial, although the judge had signaled an inclination to allow a necessity defense — an argument that actions blocking construction on the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline were justified in order to avoid the greater harms of climate change and threats to public safety posed by this pipeline. In fact, the charges were probably reduced in order to avoid the trial for which the defendants, their legal team, nine expert witnesses, and many supporters had prepared.
Wednesday night with a live audience in at the Jamaica Plain Forum in Boston, the activists will share their stories of deep engagement of heart and soul to stop this pipeline. Join them online!