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.