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Judge refuses to limit North Dakota's federal lawsuit over DAPL protest policing costs

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HWY 1806

Looking north on N.D. Highway 1806 in September 2017, the reinforced barricade of razor wire, left, and concrete barriers on Backwater Bridge can be seen as law enforcement vehicles line highway shoulders. In the foreground right, is a semitrailer used by the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to pull one of two fire-gutted trucks from the bridge.

A judge has rejected an attempt by the federal Justice Department to limit the scope of North Dakota’s legal claims as the state pursues $38 million from the U.S. government to cover the costs of policing the prolonged Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Thursday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Dan Traynor in Bismarck and court filings surrounding the issue also indicate that at some point opposing attorneys will be arguing whether the matter is too political in nature for the court to decide.

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