Professor David Dorfman successfully obtains trial order of dismissal in AIM pipeline protester trial

July 27, 2018
Professor David Dorfman

For the past year and a half, Professor David Dorfman has been preparing to defend his clients in the AIM pipeline protester trial. On July 27, 2018, Professor Dorfman successfully won a trial order of dismissal after a week of trial, including intense oral argument. Three of Professor Dorfman's clients are relieved of the charges they faced, whereas the remaining three resume their defense case on the basis of Necessity in the fall. Professor Dorfman's clients were alleged to have climbed inside the pipeline and refused to leave for 18 hours in protest of a new high capacity pipeline conveying fracked gas from Pennsylvania, across NY state, under the Hudson River and junctioning within the footprint of the notorious Indian Point nuclear power plant in northern Westchester. Professor Dorfman has been assisted on preparation of the case by students in the Environmental Litigation Clinic and the Criminal Justice Clinic. The trial was covered on Channel 12 news Westchester and the case was also recently featured in The Journal News - read more here

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