Description: Criminal prosecution of environmental activist for participating in "valve-turning" protest in 2016 in which protesters shut down pipelines.
State of Montana v. Higgins
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/22/2017 Verdict Jury found defendant guilty. Jury Convicted Environmental Activist in Montana Valve-Turning Case. A jury in Montana state court in Chouteau County convicted an environmental activist on charges of criminal mischief and trespassing in connection with his closure of a valve on a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States. Earlier in 2017, the court denied the defendant’s request to present a necessity defense based on testimony about the risks of climate change. Sentencing was scheduled for January 2, 2018. The defendant’s attorneys indicated he planned to appeal.