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#NoDAPL water protectors need you to Write to the North Dakota Supreme Court Right Now!

You can support Water Protectors in a meaningful way
from your phone or laptop - right now by writing to the
ND Supreme Court expressing your comments in favor
of the court allowing legal services from out of state
lawyers to help Water Protectors. You have to write in
by no later than 4:00 p. m., Friday, December 30, 2016.
Written comments may be emailed to Penny Miller,
Clerk of the Supreme Court, at or addressed to 600 E.
Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505-0530.
The courts and number of lawyers willing to help Water
Protectors are strained.
The lack of lawyers, who are both willing and able, to
help Water Protectors means that Water Protectors
risk going without adequate legal counsel and,
therefore, may not receive a fair trial.
The likelihood of a fair trial occurring in Morton County
is already very narrow. Water Protectors need legal
Counsel in order to have a fighting chance.
In response to a petition to the court, the North Dakota
Supreme Court is considering a motion to allow out of
state lawyers to offer legal counsel, temporarily, to
Water Protectors who are facing charges.
The Court has also officially decided to allow public
Comments from "any person wishing to comment on
the proposed amendments."
Those who are opposed to the #NoDAPL movement,
the Water Protectors, and Native Americans in general
will also be able, and probably very eager, to write the
Court to express their opposition to anything that might
help the Water Protectors receive adequate legal
counsel and a fair trial.
We need your positive voice and comments to the
court right now.
You can help, right now, by sending your comments to:
Be respectful if you want to be helpful and if you want
your comment to be taken seriously. This is not the
time or place to express disrespect, ridicule, or critical
critiques of law enforcement or the courts.
Instead, we are trying to help ensure that our Water
Protectors receive legal counsel and a fair trial.
That is the mission. Please help now.
See the notice from the North Dakota Supreme Court
here: notice.htm
Below is an example (originally written by Dallas
Goldtooth) of a template that you could use to send
your comment to the court if writing is not necessarily
your thing or if you are concerned about expressing
your message in a good way. You may copy and paste
this message and email it to the court.
To: Penny Miler, Clerk North Dakota Supreme Court
The following is a comment in support of the Petition
to Permit Temporary Provision of Legal Services by
Qualified Attorneys From Outside North Dakota.
There is an emergency afecting the North Dakota
legal system resulting from the high number of arrests
related to anti-Dakota Access pipeline matters. There
is an insufficient number of qualified and interested
criminal defense lawyers in North Dakota currently
licensed to represent the over 500 people arrested.
Many criminal defense lawyers have already maxed
out their public defender allotments. Many others have
declined to take on these cases. often due work load
capacity, time constraints or conflicts of interest
related to the pipeline industry. Furthermore, any
requests for change of venue have been denied.
These defendants. self-identified as Water Protectors.
deserve fair trials and I am concerned that due to the
reasons stated above, the North Dakota court system
is currently strained in its capacity to ensure that
defendants receive these fair trials.
As such, I request that the North Dakota Supreme
Court accept and approve the Petition to Permit
Temporary Provision of Legal Services by Qualified
Attorneys From Outside North Dakota.
Please help al parties ensure that defendants are able
to obtain the legal counsel they need to be given their
fair day in court.
Thank you.
(Your name here)

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