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James Cromwell handed jail term over power plant protest

James Cromwell handed jail term over power plant protest

James Cromwell handed jail term over power plant protest
July 01
18:44 2017

Actor and activist James Cromwell has been sentenced to seven days behind bars after failing to settle fines relating to his 2015 arrest at a New York power plant.

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The Babe star, 77, was among a group of six environmental protesters detained by police at the entrance of the Competitive Power Ventures power plant, which is being built in the town of Wawayanda, back in December, 2015 after staging a sit-in.
They were convicted of obstructing traffic and each fined £190 for the stunt, in addition to a £96 surcharge.
However, he and two others refused to pay up by the deadline on Thursday (29Jun17), prompting the judge presiding over the case to hand down the week-long jail stint as punishment to all three activists.
The court official initially declared Cromwell must report to jail on Friday evening (30Jun17), but after his attorney, Michael Sussman, asked for time to appeal for a stay in the sentence, he set a new date of 14 July (17), reports The Times Herald-Record.
Cromwell is hoping the news of his jail term will move others to take action over the injustice and join the protesters picketing the natural gas power plant, which is still under construction ahead of a planned February, 2018 launch.
The demonstrators believe toxins from the plant could be dangerous to the heath of nearby residents, and may lower the value of houses in the area.
“If we don’t stay together, nothing will change,” Cromwell said. “Power to the people.”

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