CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Nine residents and community activists who were arrested last fall for blocking access to Spectra Energy’s pipeline construction yard in Montrose, were given a reprieve two weeks ago when their trial was adjourned over the testimony of a Cortlandt councilman, according to The Examiner News.
Town Justice Daniel McCarthy adjourned the case of the “Montrose 9” to an undetermined date so he could review procedural steps governing the testimony of Councilman Seth Freach. McCarthy said he wasn't sure if the issue would result in a change of venue, said The Examiner News.
The defendants were charged with disorderly conduct by State Police and have pleaded not guilty. Their legal representatives have filed a Necessity Defense, which contends their actions were warranted because of the imminent and grave risks the gas pipeline expansion would pose on a local, regional and global level, added The Examiner News.
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