Jury finds wind farm protesters guilty in Farmington

FARMINGTON — A Franklin County jury Tuesday found two Earth First! protesters guilty of failure to disperse at the conclusion of a 2-day trial in Franklin County Superior Court.

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Willow Cordes-Eklund, of Earth First! is locked to the underside of a truck bound for Kibby Mountain in this July 6, 2010, photo provided by Earth First!. Tuesday Minneapolis woman was found guilty  by a Franklin County Jury of the misdemeanor crime of failure to disperse. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $500.

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From left, defense attorney Phil Worden, defendant Willow Cordes-Eklund, defense attorney Lynne Williams and defendant Erik Gillard, foreground, are shown at a trial in Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington on Monday. Cordes-Eklund and Gillard are charged in connection with a protest last summer at the Kibby Mountain wind farm development in Kibby Township.

Willow Cordes-Eklund, 27, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Erik Gillard, 27, of Montpelier, Vt., were both sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $500 for their actions near the Gold Brook Road off Route 27 in northern Franklin County in July of 2010

The pair were among four arrested July 6, 2010, during an Earth First! protest of TransCanada's wind turbine project on Kibby Mountain and trying to stop a similar development on neighboring Sisk Mountain.

 Cordes-Eklund chained herself by the neck to an undercarriage of a truck that was hauling one of the blades to Kibby Mountain. Gillard was accused of stepping up on the running board of the driver's side of the truck and trying to reach inside after a Border Patrol agent told him to stop.

 In his opening statements Franklin County Assistant District Attorney James Andrews said the protest was a planned effort to stop the truck carrying the turbine blade after they were repeatedly told not to go near the truck.

Defense attorney Phil Worden, representing Cordes-Eklund, said the basic facts of the case were not disputed, but what is challenged is whether they committed the crime of failure to disperse.

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Wrong. Willow could not disperse because she was physically unable to, due to the bike lock. Erik was not breaking into the truck, only warning the driver not to move, preventing a serious accident or fatality. See how perspective comes into play? The courts are all in the wind industry's pocket so they sided with the money. Again.

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civil disobedience to wake up civil rights

Erik and Willow and EF know the traditional avenues of governmental change were being sold off. people being bought off...by the tax subsidized Wind Industry. Our mountain tops sold by selectmen of the town.

civil rights to a moratorium revote in Carthage Maine'
civil rights to petition as much as you want..casinos, et al.

nope no civil Civil Rights in Carthage...2 petitions refused, one way or another....so we cannot stop this permit process....

citizens even have lawyers working on the refusal of right to petition but the permit process marches right along at DEP.

DEP pretty much sold their soul to Wind industry...

Patriots Renewable told land owners on Saddleback Ridge that DEP is guaranteed to except SBW project but having problems with Colonel Holman landowners. Problem???? If SBW permitted, then transmission lines run right over The Colonel...at that point you might as well hook up.

I am sorry EF needs to use such media driven tactics. I am sorry Erik and Willow are treated as criminals when we know no harm was done to anyone except Sisk Mountain...

If editors do indeed read the comments...you will be embarrassed when these big wind turbines ruin Maine. OR in ten years when Angus King owns mlutimillion dollar homes with best views going, paid by the taxpayers. I hope these home owners find water on top of those mountains and I do hope they pay property taxes.

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lying

if any of the above is untrue then I am spreading lies because I was told these things.

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Missing the Big Crime

Well, well, isn't it easy for the police/DA/courts to arrest, prosecute, and convict people of civil disobedience and overlook the BIG CRIME---RAPE of our beloved mountains by the wind industry thieves. The CEO of Trans Canada and every executive responsible for the company's destruction of Kibby should be arrested and tried for RAPING OUR MOUNTAINS! That is the crime that not only goes unpunished but is rewarded by tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.

Pretty cut and dried

Yup, it's pretty clear from the article that the two protesters who were found guilty, stepped over the line from a peaceful protest to actually interfering with other people's rights. The one who chained herself to the truck was trying to interfere in someone else's legal, day to day business, and the other person who climbed on the truck and was trying to get in was attempting breaking and entering. Pretty cut and dried regardless of how you feel about wind power.

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