The Water Protectors who will shortly go on trial for their work at Standing Rock are seeking out-of-state legal representation, so that all of them can have informed, well-prepared, unbiased counsel.
The North Dakota Supreme Court is taking comments through 4pm today. Here’s the comment I wrote and sent to Clerk of Court Penny Miller at pmiller AT ndcourts DOT gov and info AT ndcourts DOT gov:
“Dear Ms. Miller:
I write to urge the North Dakota Supreme Court to allow out-of-state legal representation for the Standing Rock Water Protectors at their trials. The state does not at present have enough public defenders to adequately represent all of these defendants, many of whom cannot afford to pay for counsel. Permitting this will increase the chances of adequate counsel and representation for the people on trial.”
Feel free to copy and paste that, or add your own reasons, but do it by 4pm TODAY.