28 Oct '14, 9am

A Keystone XL activist gets his day in court

A Keystone XL activist gets his day in court

This past summer, I interviewed Alec Johnson , the 62-year-old who locked himself to an excavator sitting on a pipeline easement site for Keystone XL in Atoka, Okla., back in April 2013, as part of the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance. As it turned out, getting arrested was the easy part. More than a year later, Johnson still hadn’t gone to trial — because in rural Oklahoma, communities only hold jury trials once or twice a year, and he kept getting bumped further down the court calendar behind more felonious criminals. Last week, nearly a year and a half after he was first arrested, Johnson finally got his day in court. It was a speedy, one-day business: jury selection in the morning, trial in the afternoon. Johnson and his lawyer, Douglas Parr, managed to get one potential juror removed after he said that climate change was something Al Gore invented to make money. They...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/a-keystone-xl-activist-ge...

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