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Judge hears arguments in landmark data trespass case

Matthew Copeland
for WyoFile

The Fremont County Courthouse in Lander was the scene Friday of the first hearing in a high profile trespass case pitting ranchers against an environmental activist. Photo by Matthew Copeland

A judge in a high-profile civil trespass suit that pits ranchers against an environmental activist said Friday he didn't expect the facts would justify punitive damages against Western Watersheds employee Jonathan Ratner.

During a three-hour hearing, Ninth District Judge Norman Young also said he thought the facts would show that Ratner did in fact trespass when he was collecting environmental data.

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“It seems to me that what the plaintiffs really, truly want and what they are truly right to say, is that they don’t want Mr. Ratner on their property. That’s something that can be accomplished a lot more easily than what we’re about to embark upon here.” Ninth District Judge Norman Young

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