(AP) — Lawyers for 17 people arrested at pipeline protests in Louisiana say a local prosecutor has rejected felony trespass charges against them.
The Center for Constitutional Rights calls it a major First Amendment victory. District Attorney Bo Duhé did not immediately respond to a call Wednesday requesting comment.
The 17 people were arrested under a 2018 law that added pipelines to the list of items considered “critical infrastructure” in Louisiana.
The law was passed during a time of protests against the Bayou Bridge pipeline, which was completed in 2019.