Press Release: Red Fawn Fallis’ Motions Hearing

Unlawful Arrest Targeting Protected Speech Bismarck, ND: Red Fawn Fallis appeared in federal District Court here today, where her attorneys argued Motions to Suppress in front of Chief Judge Daniel Hovland. Today’s hearing was the continuation from a full day of testimony on Friday December 8. Defense attorneys assert that law enforcement had no probable Read More

Press Release: Appellate Court Ruling in Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2017 Contact: Lead attorney in Dundon: Rachel Lederman, [email protected], (415) 350-6496 WPLC Executive Director: Terry Janis, [email protected], (701) 425-7080 Appellate Court Ruling in Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit No Preliminary Injunction: Case Moves Toward Trial Bismarck, ND: The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to overrule a district court decision 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

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

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

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

Press Release: Lack of Evidence Leads to Dismissal and Victory for Water Protectors

PDF: CourtUpdate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 01, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Sam Saylor, WPLC Attorney: (701) 425-6888, [email protected] Jessica Beheler, WPLC PR/Media: (701) 595-1509, [email protected] Lack of Evidence Leads to Dismissal and Victory for Water Protectors WPLC attorney Sam Saylor represented Nicholas Jackson in Morton County on Thursday, June 29, 2017 by successfully arguing for Read More

Warrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Warrants The Water Protector Legal Collective would like to help answer questions and resolve warrants for those Water Protectors who have been issued warrants in North Dakota. Approximately 126 warrants have been issued on original cases filed where Water Protectors do not have legal representation yet Read More

The Intercept: Oil and Water Part 1

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies” Internal TigerSwan documents provide a detailed picture of how the mercenary firm surveilled Dakota Access Pipeline opponents and infiltrated protest camps. A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism Read More

Prolific the Rapper Found Not Guilty

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective For more information contact: WPLC Attorney Doug Parr, 405-642-3770 WPLC Media Coordinator Jessica Beheler, [email protected], 701-595-1509 Prolific the Rapper Found Not Guilty Aaron Sean Turgeon, also known as ‘Prolific the Rapper,’ faced three charges today regarding piloting a drone at a NoDapl demonstration site. After 30 Read More

Water Protectors File Arguments in the 8th Circuit on Militarized Policing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2017 Dundon et al. v. Kirchmeier, 8th Circuit Case No 17-1306 Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Rachel Lederman, WPLC Attorney: [email protected], 415-350-6496 Brandy Toelupe, WPLC Attorney: [email protected], 720-876-8300 Jessica Beheler, WPLC PR and Media Coordinator: [email protected], 701-595-1509 Water Protectors File Arguments in the 8th Circuit on Militarized Policing WPLC attorneys Read More

DAPL SLAPP SUIT AGAINST WATER PROTECTORS DISMISSED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Water Protector Legal Collective For more information contact: WPLC Attorney Rachel Lederman, [email protected], 415-982-9300 WPLC Media Coordinator Jessica Beheler, [email protected], 701-595-1509   DAPL SLAPP SUIT AGAINST WATER PROTECTORS DISMISSED May 18, 2017– The United States District Court dismissed pipeline consortium Dakota Access, LLC (DAPL)’s lawsuit against Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Read More

Ten More Water Protector Cases Dismissed

Press Release 17.05.10 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ten more Water Protector cases have been dismissed by the Morton County State’s Attorney office on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The State acknowledged that a reason for the dismissals was because they “cannot meet the elements of the offense as charged.” The dismissed cases all stem from an October Read More