ST. LAWRENCE, N.Y. -- It's been more than six months since a North Country man allegedly used an excavator to dig up land at the former GM plant in Massena.
Monday, Larry Thompson was arraigned on charges of criminal mischief, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment stemming from the August, 2011 incident.
Thomspon is a member of the Onkehonwe Signatory Tribe. He is accused of not only digging up the land but also dropping contaminated soil at the feet of New York State Troopers.
Several members of the tribe were in court Monday, dressed in traditional garb, showing support for Thompson. Thompson, who is representing himself in the case, refused to answer the judge's questions because he said he would not abide by American law but rather, tribal law.
He even provided the judge with documents that explained that law.
Larry Thompson, Defendant said, “I can appreciate the fact that he's ignorant to the laws. He's only going down what he was programmed and trained, ours is ancient law."
Thompson refused a public defender for the case, saying it would be considered treason by his people.