LOWELL â€“ The six activists who were arrested while protesting the Lowell wind project vow to continue with their mission despite the Vermont Supreme Court ruling. In a split decision the Supreme Court upheld the lower courtâ€™s decision that the protesters were guilty of unlawful trespass. The group, the self-proclaimed Lowell Six, was arrested December 5, 2011 when they refused to leave an area at the Lowell wind turbine site, which was under construction at the time. The activists, Ryan Gillard, Robert Holland, Suzanna Jones,
Ann Morse, David Rodgers and Eric Wallace-Senft stood on a portion of land under ownership dispute. Shirley and Don Nelson say they own the piece of land and adjacent landowner Trip Wileman says itâ€™s his and he is currently leasing it to leasing Green Mountain (GMP) for the wind facility. Both the Nelsons and Wileman have surveyors that confirm their stories. The Nelsons maintain that the line was drawn incorrectly.
The Lowell Six were found guilty by a jury â€śthat followed the instructions of the trial judge who, in effect, told the jurors that it didnâ€™t matter who actually owned the land where we stood.â€ť
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