What: Sep 15 - Trial for Auburn Train Blockade Arrestees
When: September 15, 2014 at 8am
Where: Androscoggin County Courthouse
2 Turner St
Auburn, ME 04210
United States
Map: Google map and directions
Contact: Read Brugger


Monday, September 15, has been set as the trial date for Doug Bowen and Jessie Dowling, who are charged with criminal trespass for sitting on the railroad tracks to stop trains from carrying deadly Bakken fracked crude through downtown Auburn—or anywhere. (Trial might extend into the morning of September 16.) The trial will be held at the Androscoggin County Courthouse, on the corner of Turner and Court St in downtown Auburn, at 9:00 a.m.

In May 2014 Doug and Jessie were denied use of a competing harms defense; information about the purpose of the action would be withheld from the trial jury. The case will be treated as a criminal trespass relying on police video of the event.The prosecutor has realized that the video itself includes all our signs, so Doug and Jessie will be permitted limited testimony. All who would like to attend the trial are encouraged to do so. Our presence had a big positive effect at the hearing in May, and surely will again.

For those who plan to attend, a defense attorney has said that as long as we are respectful and maintain a proper distance from the jurors, and keep the entrance to the building clear, we may stand with our signs in jurors’ view as they enter the courthouse building. As with past trials, we want our dress, signs, and speech to promote open-mindedness in the jurors. We anticipate the jurors progressing to the courtroom around 8:30 a.m., but those planning to be part of pre-trial rally and press conference should plan to arrive around 8:00 a.m. If you have interest in organizing or being part of pre-trial events, please contact Heidi or Read Brugger (or at 207-382-6477).


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