Judge: DAPL Restraining Order “Superfluous,” Overturned
A federal judge in Bismarck has cancelled a temporary restraining order that prevents protesters from "unlawfully interfering" with the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
KFGO reports District Judge Daniel Hovland in a court document says the restraining order serves "no legitimate purpose" by prohibiting criminal activity. Hovland says the order is "superfluous," that is unnecessary and excessive, because there are laws already on the books that cover the situation.
Hovland also said there's no credible evidence that any of the protesters' constitutional rights have been chilled.
Dakota Access LLC filed the complaint last month against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault and others to prevent them from interfering with pipeline construction.