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Jurors Thank Ken Ward After Verdict

Photo: Shut It Down - Climate Direct Action

"After four and a half hours of deliberation, the Skagit County jury returned to the courtroom yesterday with a split verdict: valve turner Ken Ward is guilty of burglary in the 2nd degree, but the jury hung on the question of sabotage. Ken will be sentenced June 22nd. This is not, however, the end of the story." - Jay O'Hara, for the Tar Sands Valve Turners

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Seattle Weekly Article by Sara Bernard

Ward faces prison time for shutting down a pipeline. He says it’s time to end “incremental thinking.” The Paris accord did not go far enough, and it was aspirational, rather than binding, thus the exit presents an opportunity to “give up wishful, incremental thinking,” he writes, and “disrupt our complacency and strengthen the most vigorous avenues of climate action left to us, which are through the courts and direct citizen action.”

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