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‘A crime justified by climate change?’ Jury to decide if ‘threat of climate change is a justifiable defense for criminal acts’

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/14/climate-change-activists-trial-washington

A jury in Washington state is hearing evidence on whether the threat of climate change is a justifiable defense for criminal acts, the first time such a defense has been allowed in an American court.

On Thursday, in a tiny municipal courtroom amid the strip malls and ranch houses of this suburban community north of Seattle, defense attorneys for five climate activists will call the final witnesses in their “Hail Mary pass” that has set up a historic legal showdown.

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