Crime, Featured Stories, Local, Main Menu, State/Region, Top Stories — October 26, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Activist Seeks to Present “Necessity Defense”


BISMARCK, N.D.- A Native American activist in North Dakota is seeking to present a “necessity defense” at trial.

Chase Iron Eyes a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a former U.S. congressional candidate in North Dakota has pleaded not guilty to felony charges and misdemeanor criminal trespass. He was accused of inciting a riot during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

With Necessity defense he can justify his criminal act by stating he tried to avoid a greater harm from occurring. Iron Eyes trial is in February and if convicted he could face more than five years in prison.



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