Court won't dismiss trespassing charges against Lowell wind protesters
Attorney for five of the six protesters, Kristina Michelson, argued in her motion that the state is abusing the criminal court process by prosecuting the case while the land in question is still under dispute in civil court. GMP could have sought civil action against the protesters, but instead the state stepped in to do GMP's bidding.
July 11, 2012
by Robin Smith
NEWPORT CITY -- Unlawful trespass charges against six protesters who blocked a crane path at a Lowell Mountain wind development site in December will not be dismissed by the court.
In orders filed July 6 and 9, Judge Robert Gerety Jr. also decided that orders in a civil dispute over the location of a property boundary at the site will not be introduced as evidence.
Six protesters, including an emergency room doctor and a college professor, pleaded not guilty to criminal trespassing after being arrested on property which both developer Green Mountain Power (GMP) and project neighbors Don and Shirley Nelson claim... [continue via Web link]