Women who broke glass ‘In Case of Climate Emergency’ at JPMorgan found guilty - after judge threatens jurors with criminal charges - Extinction Rebellion UK

Women who broke glass ‘In Case of Climate Emergency’ at JPMorgan found guilty – after judge threatens jurors with criminal charges

At 3pm yesterday (Friday 1 March), five women from Extinction Rebellion who broke glass at the European HQ of JPMorgan – the world’s worst climate bank [1] – on 1st September 2021 [2] received guilty verdicts at Inner London Crown Court.

The verdicts came after Judge Silas Reid cast doubt on the existence and severity of the climate crisis in his directions to the jury [3] and threatened jurors with criminal charges if they brought their conscience to bear on their deliberations. [4] [5]

Of the eight people who undertook this direct action, only five were summoned to answer charges of Criminal Damage to the value of £306,000. [6]

Sentencing of the five has been scheduled to take place on Friday 7th June, also at Inner London Crown Court.

Quotes from the defendants are available on request.

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01.03.24: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kA1Qmj1dVL0VKQj3wwg92MUz4lLN0G11?usp=sharing
01.09.21: https://show.pics.io/xr-global-media-breaking-news/search?collectionIds=612f22cd49d6920012aa40e5

Stephanie Aylett, 29, a former medical device representative from St Albans
Pamela Bellinger, 66, a vegetable grower from Leicester
Amy Pritchard, 38, a student from Liverpool
Adelheid Russenberger, 32 PhD student from Richmond, London
Rosemary (Annie) Webster, 67, a retired cook and beekeeper from Dorchester, Dorset

People not charged
Jane Augsburger, 58, a carer from Gloucestershire.
Sally Davidson, 36, a teacher from Dorset
El Litten, 37, a computer programmer from St Albans

Notes to Editors

[1] Rainforest Action Network: Banking on Climate Chaos: https://www.bankingonclimatechaos.org

[2] IN CASE OF CLIMATE EMERGENCY, BREAK GLASS: Extinction Rebellion women break windows at ‘World’s worst bank’ JP Morgan: https://extinctionrebellion.uk/2021/09/01/in-case-of-climate-emergency-break-glass-extinction-rebellion-women-break-windows-at-worlds-worst-bank-jp-morgan/

[3] Judge trying climate defenders questions existence and severity of climate crisis as UN urges courts “to listen to what environmental defenders have to say”: https://extinctionrebellion.uk/2024/02/29/judge-directs-jury-to-suspend-reality-as-un-urges-courts-to-listen-to-what-environmental-defenders-have-to-say/

[4] JUDGE THREATENS JURY WITH CRIMINAL CHARGES IF THEY APPLY CONSCIENCE TO CLIMATE TRIAL: https://planb.earth/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/PR-Judge-Reid-March-24.pdf

[5] Judge shuts down eco-mob’s favourite excuse to cause havoc:  https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1872240/extinction-rebellion-jp-morgan-lloyds-london-climate-change

[6] Three trials of people who took action to defend lives to begin next week: https://extinctionrebellion.uk/2024/02/12/three-trials-of-people-who-took-action-to-defend-lives-to-begin-next-week/

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