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'''[[Washington]]:''' U.S. District Judge [[Richard Jones]] held a hearing Thursday for a federal lawsuit filed by Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-whaling activist group based out of Washington.  On December 8th, the Institute accused Sea Shepherd activists of supporting terrorism. The lawsuit alleged a list of aggressive acts Sea Shepard either committed or financed, such as  throwing ropes in the rudders and propellers of ships, attacking whaling vessels, and launching "smoke bombs and bottles of acid at crews."<ref name='whale'/>
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'''[[Washington]]:''' U.S. District Judge [[Richard Jones]] held a hearing Thursday for a federal lawsuit filed by Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-whaling activist group based out of Washington.<ref name='whale'>[http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017518826_apwawhalewarscourt.html?prmid=head_main “The Seattle Times”, “Japanese whalers ask Seattle judge to freeze SeaShepherd accounts”, February 16, 2012]</ref> On December 8th, the Institute accused Sea Shepherd activists of supporting terrorism. The lawsuit alleged a list of aggressive acts Sea Shepard either committed or financed, such as  throwing ropes in the rudders and propellers of ships, attacking whaling vessels, and launching "smoke bombs and bottles of acid at crews."<ref name='whale'/>
  
Paul Wilson, president of Sea Shepherd, denied implications that his activists have injured any whalers. He instead turned the allegations back on the whalers, accusing them of “attacking activists with concussion grenades, long-range acoustical devices, bamboo spears, heavy nuts and bolts, water cannons and prop foulers.” For the past several years Sea Shepherd has sent boats to the waters off Antarctica during hunting season in an attempt to hinder the whalers. J
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Paul Wilson, president of Sea Shepherd, denied implications that his activists have injured any whalers. He instead turned the allegations back on the whalers, accusing them of “attacking activists with concussion grenades, long-range acoustical devices, bamboo spears, heavy nuts and bolts, water cannons and prop foulers.”<ref name='whale'/> Sea Shepherd sends boats to the waters off Antarctica during hunting season in an attempt to hinder the whalers, who they claim are conducting illegal acts.
  
udge Jones heard arguments in the lawsuit Thursday. <ref name='whale'>[http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017518826_apwawhalewarscourt.html?prmid=head_main “The Seattle Times”, “Japanese whalers ask Seattle judge to freeze SeaShepherd accounts”, February 16, 2012]</ref>
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Judge Jones heard arguments in the lawsuit Thursday. Afterwards he did not issue a ruling or any orders in the case, but he did mention that he leaning towards not issuing the injunction against Sea Shepard.<ref>[http://www.570news.com/entertainment/article/331654--japanese-whalers-ask-judge-to-freeze-bank-accounts-of-sea-shepherd ''570 News'', "US judge in Japanese whalers' lawsuit says he won't restrain Sea Shepherd", February 16, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 01:14, 17 February 2012

February 17, 2012

The Judicial Update

Washington: U.S. District Judge Richard Jones held a hearing Thursday for a federal lawsuit filed by Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-whaling activist group based out of Washington.[1] On December 8th, the Institute accused Sea Shepherd activists of supporting terrorism. The lawsuit alleged a list of aggressive acts Sea Shepard either committed or financed, such as throwing ropes in the rudders and propellers of ships, attacking whaling vessels, and launching "smoke bombs and bottles of acid at crews."[1]

Paul Wilson, president of Sea Shepherd, denied implications that his activists have injured any whalers. He instead turned the allegations back on the whalers, accusing them of “attacking activists with concussion grenades, long-range acoustical devices, bamboo spears, heavy nuts and bolts, water cannons and prop foulers.”[1] Sea Shepherd sends boats to the waters off Antarctica during hunting season in an attempt to hinder the whalers, who they claim are conducting illegal acts.

Judge Jones heard arguments in the lawsuit Thursday. Afterwards he did not issue a ruling or any orders in the case, but he did mention that he leaning towards not issuing the injunction against Sea Shepard.[2]

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