Judge Refuses Riot Charge Against ‘Democracy Now’ Reporter

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say they haven’t ruled out future charges against “Democracy Now!” reporter Amy Goodman from her coverage of a protest against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey says the case is still “under review.”

Judge John Grinsteiner on Monday refused to sign off on a riot charge against Goodman, finding there was no cause for it. That came after prosecutor Ladd Erickson dismissed a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge against Goodman on Friday.

Erickson has said Goodman was acting like a protester when she reported on a clash between protesters and pipeline security last month.

Defense attorney Tom Dickson maintains Goodman was doing her job.

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One Comment

  1. The judge did the right thing. “Law” here in North Dakkkota is just an extension of white privilege and the corruption of Government. The Deep North (looks like 1960’s Mississippi to me) is on the rise again. Governor; you should be ashamed of yourself. Oil corrupts and Big Oil corrupts absolutely!

    1. Trump 2016 says:

      You should be ashamed of yourself for being a brain dead liberal!

      How long have you been a guilt filled white liberal!

      Don’t like America, leave anytime you POS!

  2. Dan Mack says:

    We are with you Allen. Who needs oil from the ground when our Socialist Welfare Village’s professional unwed babymomma breeding program is cranking out more than enough product to branch out from just manufacturing welfare dependent voters, into making all the green, renewable, sustainable, organic baby oil we need by crushing the light skinned ones for their oil.

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