Court Update: Motions Argued on Behalf of Water Protector Arrested Oct 17 2016

A Lakota Sioux man from Standing Rock who was arrested on 10/27/16 while peacefully protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline next to his home appeared in court today. He is presently charged with Engaging in a Riot and Causing a Public Nuisance. His attorney argued the following motions in court before Judge Read More

Court Update: More Dismissals for Water Protectors

Court Update: November 14, 2017 Three Water Protectors arrested on October 10, 2016 appeared in Morton County Criminal Court before Judge Haskell yesterday, November 13th, for a hearing on their attorneys’ motions to dismiss for want of probable cause. They were arrested while praying on an unmarked construction site, on a federal holiday during which Read More

Water Protector Alexander Simon Released From Jail

Bismarck, ND: Alexander Simon was released from Morton County Detention Center today. Alexander Simon and Mary Redway were the first two Water Protectors to be sentenced to jail time for first amendment activity at Standing Rock. Simon served 12 days and Redway served four days. By imposing jail time the judge departed from the State’s Read More

Democracy Now: Standing Rock: Judge Sentences 2 Water Protectors to Jail Time

And in North Dakota, a judge has sentenced two water protectors to jail time after they were convicted on misdemeanor charges over an October 2016 protest at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline. Twenty-seven-year-old Alexander Simon was sentenced to serve 18 days in jail for obstruction of a government function, while 64-year-old Mary Redway was sentenced to six days in jail for disorderly conduct.

Judge Merrick Finds Two Water Protectors Guilty for First Amendment Activity

For Immediate Release: Judge Merrick finds two Water Protectors guilty for first amendment activity Mary Redway and Alexander Simon are the first two Water Protectors to receive a sentence of jail time for any protest-related misdemeanor conviction. This happened after the State’s Attorney recommended no jail time. The initial charges the two faced were dismissed Read More

Three Water Protectors Acquitted of All Charges

For Immediate Release: Three Water Protectors Acquitted of All Charges Morton County- The five charges included criminal trespass, engaging in a riot, obstruction of a governmental function, disobedience of a public safety order during riot conditions, and disorderly conduct. Defendants maintained they were engaged in lawful activity and the State had insufficient evidence to prove Read More

WPLC Response in Opposition to the Petition to Terminate the Special Provision of Legal Services by Qualified Attorneys From Outside ND

Response in Opposition to the Petition to Terminate the Special Provision of Legal Services by Qualified Attorneys From Outside North Dakota The Petition Submitted to Terminate the Special Provision of Legal Services by Qualified Attorneys from Outside North Dakota (Petition to Terminate) was submitted by Judges of the South Central District on September 11, 2017. Read More

Attention Water Protectors With Open State Cases

Attention Water Protectors with open state cases related to fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline!   Photo Cred: Rob Wilson The petition to revoke the Pro Hac Vice program remains in the comment period; meanwhile, Water Protectors, legal workers and attorneys continue to work tirelessly to secure Water Protectors legal counsel. The Pro Hac Vice program Read More

BT: Judges request ending provisions for outside attorneys in DAPL cases

Judges request ending provisions for outside attorneys in DAPL cases Local judges are asking the North Dakota Supreme Court to end provisions for out-of-state attorneys assisting cases related to protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In a petition filed Sept. 11, Presiding Judge Gail Hagerty wrote that South Central District judges would like the state’s highest Read More

Press Release: Judges Petition Supreme Court to Revoke Provisions for Out-of-State Legal Representation

PRESS RELEASE Water Protector Legal Collective P.O. Box 578 Mandan, ND 58554 701-595-1509 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUDGES PETITION SUPREME COURT TO REVOKE PROVISIONS FOR OUT-OF-STATE LEGAL REPRESENTATION, PUBLIC COMMENTS DUE BY OCT. 2 MANDAN, NORTH DAKOTA. Judges in the South Central Judicial District of North Dakota have petitioned the Supreme Court of North Dakota to Read More

Callout for Comments: ND Judges Trying to End Program Allowing Out-of-State Lawyers to Represent Water Protectors

The judges from the South Central Judicial District of North Dakota have petitioned the Supreme Court of North Dakota to revoke the Pro Hac program that allows out of state attorneys to represent Water Protectors. This is a huge problem for Water Protectors. The North Dakota Supreme court is allowing people to comment on the Read More

Esquire: Still Fighting at Standing Rock

STILL FIGHTING AT STANDING ROCK The national media has moved on, but the story is not over. BY NATASHA LENNARD Rattler sat on the sofa scrolling through his phone. It was a drizzling, cold spring day in Bismarck, North Dakota, but he wasn’t going outside much anyway. A great mountain of a man with thick black Read More

Case Updates and Upcoming Cases

We want anyone who would like to come and respectfully support Water Protectors at their hearings or know which cases are upcoming to check here July upcoming cases. Note that some may get dismissed between now and these dates and you can check on the court’s website here for the most current information: http://publicsearch.ndcourts.gov/default.aspx We are continuing Read More

Based on Recent Rulings: Ten More Cases Dismissed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 10, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Andrea Carter, WPLC Attorney: (701) 425-5406, [email protected] Jessica Beheler, WPLC PR/Media: (701) 595-1509, [email protected] Based on Recent Rulings: Ten More Cases Dismissed  A big win for water protectors last week, 10 of the cases arising from October 22, 2016 that were set to go Read More