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Green Party's Jill Stein charged with trespassing, mischief

Posted: 5:35 PM, Sep 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-08 00:35:15Z
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota county has issued a warrant for the arrest of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who is accused of spray-painting construction equipment during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.
 
Stein was charged Wednesday in Morton County with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and criminal mischief.
 
A spokeswoman for Stein said Tuesday that activists invited her to leave a message at the protest site, and Stein sprayed "I approve this message" in red paint on the blade of a bulldozer.
 
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is trying to stop construction of a section of the pipeline that tribal leaders say would violate sacred and culturally sensitive grounds and possibly pollute water.