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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