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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Felony Dismissed in DNA #NODAPL Case Against Water Protector



By Water Protector Legal Collective
Censored News
The Water Protector Legal Collective is thrilled with yesterday’s decision from a North Dakota judge to dismiss the felony conspiracy to commit criminal mischief charge against a #NoDAPL Water Protector.
The evidence in this case consisted of DNA found on a cigarette butt. The DNA material was alleged to have fit the profile of Indigenous Water Protector Larry Malcolm
The state claims the butt was found in an area where alleged property destruction of construction equipment occurred.
Bruce Nestor, longtime movement lawyer based in Minneapolis, is representing Mr. Malcolm on behalf of WPLC. Nestor’s deftly drafted and argued motion to dismiss (with its supporting  memo) was allowed yesterday and put an end to the bogus conspiracy charge.
Congratulations to Larry Malcolm and Bruce Nestor!

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