[Pnews] News in Ruby’s No DAPL Case

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Thu Sep 2 15:25:03 EDT 2021


A motion has been submitted to change her plea

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Dear Claude,

Last week, we introduced you to Ruby Montoya, a schoolteacher and NoDAPL 
resistor being prosecuted as a terrorist by the U.S. government. She’s 
accused of putting four tiny holes into DAPL pipes before it was 
carrying oil — and for this, she’s facing the prospect of up to 20 years 
in federal prison. That’s far from acceptable, and it’s why we’re aiding 
her defense. Last week, Daphne Silverman, Ruby’s new attorney, submitted 
a motion to change Ruby’s prior guilty plea to not guilty based on 
crucial new discoveries. Read on for the details.

Lakota Law 
<https://click.everyaction.com/k/35114015/304072382/641537960?ms=ea&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rmpm&utm_content=piclink&sourceid=1048836&contactdata=t7FsDd6Os%2BoRE78TJ24POa8%2FKlawedVwvvzqmnN3vEQguat5H0pWnlUdbOvddTqRwKazIV8P9IEtxHZwzwoKOKGxYIfky4QvYRUxIR5DnzxdQN3uONMeGmxIlgyuM4voqNHX6wYsM2BLtluiNyJAjKMYmcrav5oEYI%2FXCO2brduPrRG5SqNAd5YRFozwx%2Bb46bVq50lqXjyyhuW8eZ884INpp91Zq3FWLyC0RvK%2Fu0E%3D&rac=,lpnl&nvep=ew0KICAiVGVuYW50VXJpIjogIm5ncHZhbjovL3Zhbi9FQS9FQTAwMS8xLzU4MDcwIiwNCiAgIkRpc3RyaWJ1dGlvblVuaXF1ZUlkIjogIjZlNDU5YzBlLTIyMGMtZWMxMS05ODFmLTUwMWFjNTdiYTNlZCIsDQogICJFbWFpbEFkZHJlc3MiOiAiY2xhdWRlQGZyZWVkb21hcmNoaXZlcy5vcmciDQp9&hmac=4iWWPONpPXTvlsUdGlcthAGLIT8MR5q5Hfgl-fG7WQg=&emci=ddc8684a-170c-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&emdi=6e459c0e-220c-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&ceid=4606549>Ruby 
(right) and co-defendant Jessica Reznicek prior to their arrest. In our 
new video 
<https://click.everyaction.com/k/35114016/304072383/641537960?ms=ea&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rmpm&utm_content=captionlink&sourceid=1048836&contactdata=t7FsDd6Os%2BoRE78TJ24POa8%2FKlawedVwvvzqmnN3vEQguat5H0pWnlUdbOvddTqRwKazIV8P9IEtxHZwzwoKOKGxYIfky4QvYRUxIR5DnzxdQN3uONMeGmxIlgyuM4voqNHX6wYsM2BLtluiNyJAjKMYmcrav5oEYI%2FXCO2brduPrRG5SqNAd5YRFozwx%2Bb46bVq50lqXjyyhuW8eZ884INpp91Zq3FWLyC0RvK%2Fu0E%3D&rac=,lpnl&nvep=ew0KICAiVGVuYW50VXJpIjogIm5ncHZhbjovL3Zhbi9FQS9FQTAwMS8xLzU4MDcwIiwNCiAgIkRpc3RyaWJ1dGlvblVuaXF1ZUlkIjogIjZlNDU5YzBlLTIyMGMtZWMxMS05ODFmLTUwMWFjNTdiYTNlZCIsDQogICJFbWFpbEFkZHJlc3MiOiAiY2xhdWRlQGZyZWVkb21hcmNoaXZlcy5vcmciDQp9&hmac=4iWWPONpPXTvlsUdGlcthAGLIT8MR5q5Hfgl-fG7WQg=&emci=ddc8684a-170c-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&emdi=6e459c0e-220c-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&ceid=4606549>, 
Ruby and I talk about water protectors being labeled and prosecuted as 
terrorists.

After initial review of the case, our side has identified a number of 
major issues that should disqualify Ruby’s original plea. For one thing, 
the prosecutor and the pipeline company allege that millions of damage 
was done, but an expert hired by Daphne says it’s less than $50,000. In 
addition, some charges filed by the prosecutor require the pipeline to 
have been in use at the time it was allegedly damaged. It was not.

Those distinctions make a world of difference. Without damage over 
$100,000 to an operational pipe, these charges don’t qualify for federal 
court — and outside of federal court, there can be no terrorism 
enhancement. As I mention *in our new video,* 
<https://click.everyaction.com/k/35114017/304072384/641537960?ms=ea&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rmpm&utm_content=textlink&sourceid=1048836&contactdata=t7FsDd6Os%2BoRE78TJ24POa8%2FKlawedVwvvzqmnN3vEQguat5H0pWnlUdbOvddTqRwKazIV8P9IEtxHZwzwoKOKGxYIfky4QvYRUxIR5DnzxdQN3uONMeGmxIlgyuM4voqNHX6wYsM2BLtluiNyJAjKMYmcrav5oEYI%2FXCO2brduPrRG5SqNAd5YRFozwx%2Bb46bVq50lqXjyyhuW8eZ884INpp91Zq3FWLyC0RvK%2Fu0E%3D&rac=,lpnl&nvep=ew0KICAiVGVuYW50VXJpIjogIm5ncHZhbjovL3Zhbi9FQS9FQTAwMS8xLzU4MDcwIiwNCiAgIkRpc3RyaWJ1dGlvblVuaXF1ZUlkIjogIjZlNDU5YzBlLTIyMGMtZWMxMS05ODFmLTUwMWFjNTdiYTNlZCIsDQogICJFbWFpbEFkZHJlc3MiOiAiY2xhdWRlQGZyZWVkb21hcmNoaXZlcy5vcmciDQp9&hmac=4iWWPONpPXTvlsUdGlcthAGLIT8MR5q5Hfgl-fG7WQg=&emci=ddc8684a-170c-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&emdi=6e459c0e-220c-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&ceid=4606549> 
this is eerily reminiscent of how I was treated during my own resistance 
to DAPL in 2016 and 2017. The government and law enforcement are 
demonstrating a pattern of deception designed to criminalize 
constitutionally protected protest, elevate charges, and label citizens 
who dare to care about the future of Planet Earth as terrorists. It’s 
infuriating.

If the court labels Ruby a terrorist, she’ll be punished like a career 
criminal — but Ruby has no criminal history at all. We expect a court 
decision on the plea change in the next couple months. Meanwhile, Daphne 
will be investigating, researching, and conducting additional review of 
the discovery. We hope that, with her expert legal assistance and 
support from folks like you, the justice system will ultimately treat 
Ruby with far more fairness than water protectors have come to expect. 
Stay tuned.

/Wopila tanka/ — thank you for your solidarity with water protectors!
Chase Iron Eyes
Co-Director and Lead Counsel
The Lakota People’s Law Project


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