On July 24, 2017, Jessica Reznicek admitted to engaging in acts of sabotage to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,886 km long (1,172 miles) underground oil pipeline running through indigenous territories, crossing beneath the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, as well as under part of Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Her actions resulted in 4-month delay in pipeline construction. Despite the fact that the pipelines were not running at the time so there was no chance of a spill and no one was hurt during the acts of sabotage U.S. federal Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger later applied a domestic terrorism enhancement to Jessica’s sentences doubling her prison term to 8 years locked up, followed by 3 years supervised probation.
Last week, Reznicek's attorneys argued an appeal that the district court had inappropriately decided that her actions constituted a federal crime of terrorism. They are now awaiting a decision concerning the appeal.
I have been following this case for a couple of years now and to get to highlight it again was important to me, especially now with the looming decision in regards to the appeal.
For this show I got to talk with Charlotte from the Support Jessica Reznicek Network about Jessica’s case.
To learn more :
Support team Twitter page (useful for recent news and updates)
Petition to repeal Jessica Reznicek’s terrorist enhancement