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Standing Rock: Judge Sentences 2 Water Protectors to Jail Time

HeadlineOct 20, 2017

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. The sentences were imposed by Judge Thomas Merrick despite the fact that the prosecution had not recommended the two serve jail time.

Meanwhile, journalist Sara Lafleur-Vetter was acquitted on misdemeanor charges stemming from her reporting on the protest on October 22. She was filming for The Guardian at the time of her arrest.

There are still hundreds of unresolved criminal cases related to the months-long resistance at Standing Rock. Three water protectors are currently imprisoned while awaiting trial: Red Fawn Fallis, Little Feather and Dion Ortiz.

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