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Charges Against Direct Action Campaigner Mike Roselle Dismissed

Climate Ground Zero Continues Work As Usual

by Daniel Johnson

Thomas Rist, Catherine Dees and Mike Roselle after court today in Charleston. Charges dismissed!
Thomas Rist, Catherine Dees and Mike Roselle after court today in Charleston. Charges dismissed!
At the Governor’s Mansion. Photo by Mike Cherin
At the Governor’s Mansion. Photo by Mike Cherin

   Long time direct action campaigner Mike Roselle went to court today and had all of his charges dismissed. The charges resulted from relatively benign action onThanksgiving Day in 2013, when Roselle along with Guinn McGuiness and videographer Mike Cherin went to the West Virginia Governor's mansion and left a jar of MTR (mountain top removal) coal dust on the steps. Roselle was arrested when he refused to remove it.

    He was held on $20,000 bail for 3 days, and then released without bail after a social-media driven campaign of phone calls and e-mails from Climate Ground Zero supporters around the world flooded the state of West Virginia. His jury trial for tresspassing was scheduled to begin on July 8, 2014, but after repeated delays was finally cancelled and the charges dismissed. 

Background: 

Appalachia And Beyond, An Interview With Mike Roselle, June 22, 2014. http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/appalachia-and-beyond-interview-mike-roselle/31008

Mike Roselle In Jail For Blasting Dust Demonstration In West Virginia, Nov. 29, 2013. http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/breaking-mike-roselle-jail-blasting-dust-demonstra/20106

Climate Ground Zero Goes To Trial, Sept. 25, 2014        http://climategroundzero.net/2014/09/climate-ground-zero-goes-to-trial/


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