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Barred From Discussing Climate Change in Court, Climate Activist Who Shut Off Tar A Sands Pipeline in Montana Gets Felony Conviction
FORT BENTON, Montana - In a remarkably short trial in Montana’s Chouteau County District Court lasting just a day and a half, a jury found Leonard Higgins, a retired Oregon state worker turned climate activist who shut off a tar sands pipeline to fight climate change, guilty of felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor criminal trespass. The conviction carries a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in jail and fines of up to $50,000. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 2.