Judge Gives Ecoterrorist Reading List for Jail
Including a book by best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2014 6:03 PM CST
This undated photo provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Portland, Ore., shows Rebecca Rubin.   (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, file)

(Newser) – It's an unusual case, and it resulted in an unusual sentence. Former ecoterrorist and fugitive Rebecca Rubin got sentenced to 5 years in prison for her crimes in the 1990s, reports the Oregonian. The unusual part is that the judge also ordered her to read two books while behind bars, notes Slate. One is David and Goliath by best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, which the judge said could show Rubin how to protest through non-violent means. The other book is Nature's Trust by the University of Oregon's Mary Wood, which is about the shortcomings of environmental law.

Rubin turned herself in to authorities in 2012 after years on the run, pleading guilty to arsons and attempted arsons on behalf of the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front. "I was so convinced of the righteousness of my beliefs that I ignored the shortcomings of my own actions," said Rubin in court. After she serves her time, Rubin is supposed to pay $13 million in restitution, reports AP.

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shona browne
Jan 29, 2014 2:13 PM CST
Both "ELF" and "ALF" are committed to not taking human life. It is one of their written rules. If a fire was started it would have been at a time when beings were not around. As for the person trying to accuse me of racism because I only gave one example of terrorists who killed humans, that was an example and had nothing to do with any sort of prejudice. We are talking about your environment, and the lives of millions of non-human beings. The people concerned about the state of Earth, our home, and the millions of beings on it, are desperate. The government is allowing corporate interests to override these interests, as are private parties who stand to gain in the short term. Rather than knee jerk replies based on news stories [six corps. control almost all US news outlets], or your particular political party, please, please, educate yourselves on these matters.
Jan 29, 2014 8:09 AM CST
There is more wilderness in the USA than in all of Africa combined. There are more trees in America now than there were in 1492...also more deer...coyotes...mountain lions and various other creatures. Wolves and Bison are coming back. The air, water and soil are getting better decade by decade. On all fronts the environment is getting better in the US. Ecoterrorists like Rebecca Rubin do not need reading lists, they need electro shock therapy. They are nuts. Virtually everyone, conservative, liberal, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Communist, agrees that the environment is important and needs to be protected. The difference between them is that of approach - that's all. Pro-environment people have won the day, the week, the month and the millennium. No need for arson, for destroying property, for wrecking bull dozers etc. People like Rebecca Rubin should serve their time in prison and then be put in the Nut House for the rest of their lives.
Jan 29, 2014 8:06 AM CST
Gee, a point the Judge on the Gulf oil spill missed....