Greenpeace charged in Mt. Rushmore demonstration

July 21, 2009 4:36:55 PM PDT
A federal grand jury has indicted the environmental group Greenpeace and 11 people involved in hanging a banner on Mount Rushmore. Greenpeace has said three of its members hung the 65-by-35-foot banner calling for a stop to global warming July 8 while others blocked access to the site.

U.S. Attorney Marty Jackley says Greenpeace trained the protesters and hired a helicopter to photograph and record the protest. The organization has been charged with helping the protesters trespass, helping them climb Mount Rushmore and helping them interfere with a government employee or officer.

Jackley says the maximum penalty on each of four counts against Greenpeace is a $10,000 fine and restitution. Greenpeace did not immediately return a message left for comment.

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