DAPL defendant first to win on appeal

This article discusses one of the defendants in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled unanimously to reverse the conviction of a woman found guilty of felony tampering with a public service related to a Dakota Access Pipeline protest.

Rebecca Jessee was convicted at a Morton County court trial in January related to protest events at a railroad crossing at Morton County Road 82 on Nov. 15, 2016, west of Mandan.

In the high court’s opinion published Tuesday, Justice Daniel Crothers wrote that the conduct of Jessee’s presence on the tracks was decisive.

“Law enforcement observed a small group of protesters tampering with railroad property by placing debris on the tracks, but Jessee was never accused of participating in those actions,” Crothers wrote.

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