The Headline of the Day
If you watch or listen to corporate media, I bet you haven’t heard a thing about this wonderfulness. The headline alone (from Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal no less) amazes:
DA Drops Charges Against Climate Change Protesters for Sake of Planet
Got that? Again:
DA Drops Charges Against Climate Change Protesters —-> for Sake of Planet <—-
Climate change activists Jay O’Hara and Ken Ward were arrested last year when they motored a lobster boat to a shipping channel near the Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, Mass. and blocked a 40,000-ton shipment of Appalachian coal.
Until this week, the environmental activists faced criminal charges for their makeshift blockade, which the two men documented online.
Fortunately for the defendants, they had an ally in Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter, a prosecutor who sympathized with their environmental cause. They were about to stand trial when Mr. Sutter announced that his office had agreed to drop the criminal case and instead charge then men with civil infractions
Mr. Sutter explained his reasoning in a statement Monday:
The decision that Assistant District Attorney Robert Kidd and I reached today was a decision that certainly took into consideration the cost to the taxpayers in Somerset, but was also made with our concerns for their children, and the children of Bristol County and beyond in mind.
Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced. In my humble opinion, the political leadership on this issue has been sorely lacking. I am heartened that we were able to forge an agreement that both parties were pleased with and that appeared to satisfy the police and those here in sympathy with the individuals who were charged.
As is my wont, I wish every American would see this…
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