James Cromwell Sentenced to Week in Jail After Power Plant Protest Arrest

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James Cromwell has been sentenced to jail following his arrest during a power plant protest in New York back in 2015, according to the Times-Herald Record. The Emmy-winning actor will face seven days behind bars after refusing to pay fines levied against him after his initial arrest.

A Wawayanda, N.Y., court decided on Thursday that New York resident Cromwell and two other environmental activists will spend a week in jail in July. Cromwell will serve his time in Orange County Jail.

Pramilla Malick, Madeline Shaw, and three other protesters were arrested alongside the 77-year-old in December 2015 when they staged a sit-in at a Competitive Power Ventures natural gas site. All six were charged with obstruction of traffic, a violation.


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Wawayanda Town Justice Timothy McElduff Jr. fined each of them $250 plus a $125 surcharge, originally due to be paid by Thursday. However, only three of the six — Terri Klemm, Naomi Miller, and Maureen Murphy-Smolka — paid their fines on time.

Cromwell originally had until 3:15 p.m. PT Friday to change his mind, or else report to OCJ by 5 p.m. PT. However, the defendants now have until July 14 to fork over their $375 following an appeal.

“If we don’t stay together, nothing will change,” Cromwell told the Times-Herald Record after refusing to pay his fine on Thursday. “Power to the people.”

Cromwell’s credits include “Babe,” “The Green Mile,” “L.A. Confidential,” and “American Horror Story: Asylum,” to name a few.

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  1. They arrested Zefram Cochrane :D

  2. JackBootedThug says:

    Yawn…yet another over-the-hill-past-his-prime Hollywood liberal with waaaaaay too much time on his hands. You want to live in the 16th century? Then head over to the Middle East…the rest of us enjoy our lifestyle and, yes, our immediate access to safe, clean energy. Give it up, Gramps…the act is getting old.

    • TheDude says:

      Yawn, another moronic comment. James Cromwell isn’t some Hollywood liberal. He lives in the middle of nowhere in NY. He’s protesting as an environmentalist for clean energy, as in he wants to live in the future, not he past. And no, the power plant he was protesting doesn’t provide clean energy. Give it up loser and embrace the future.

      Also, the Middle East is growing like crazy in terms of energy. Just goes to show how dumb you are.

  3. WakeUp says:

    Thank you Mr. Cromwell for taking action, for not going along, for not looking the other way…for disrupting the loop of social consciousness. Thank you!

  4. steve says:

    Zefram Cochrane responsible for the first warp flight, let him out.

  5. Upstater says:

    Thank you Mr Cromwell and Primila. They are trying to save us against our land and water being poisoned and the fires that are all too common at these stations. Keep up the fight! Wawayanda thanks you!

  6. Carbon emissions accelerating climate change? Cromwell might consider the carbon emissions in the entertaining, but entirely superfluous making of movies. In the broad scheme of human existence and productive and beneficial endeavors, movies rank pretty low. Does Cromwell take into account the carbon emissions of a movie production in the lights and cameras, the trucks and gasoline powered generators, and the air conditioned trailers for the delicate Hollywood stars between takes on the movie set? Months of carbon emissions to produce 120 minutes of frivolous escapism, which might be more environmentally friendly if it were to be all done as CGI or cartoons, rather than the heavier carbon footprint of a live-action movie with live actors and location filming. It can all be computer generated these days.
    And what of the carbon emissions of all the fans driving all of their cars to all of the Cineplexes. And factor in the carbon footprint of all the jumbo popcorns being popped and sold in all the theater lobbies. All of it a frivolous expenditure of carbon emissions.
    All of those carbon emissions could be better used by Cromwell becoming a rutabaga farmer and growing rutabagas for the starving children of some war-torn country. Cromwell needs to rethink his commitment to Mother Earth and quit being a Hollywood carbon wastrel.

    • Joe says:

      The last thing global warming lunatics want is for people like us to point out their hypocritical ways…..LOL. WE cant pollute but they can jet set wherever they want leaving dinosaur sized carbon footprints.

      • Ralphie17 says:

        Hav-a-Tampa Billl steps into the nearest phone booth (in Merida, I think) takes off his sunglasses, loosens his tie, unbuttons his shirt: “Sounds like a job for the Clinton Global Initiative.”

  7. Ralphie17 says:

    “That’ll do, James, that’ll do.”

  8. Sylvia says:

    He’s a lunatic, obviously.

    • Joe says:

      No he’s just misguided. If he’s against natural gas generation you know he’s also against coal. Together these account for 75% of all generation. You also have to assume he’s anti nuke so that’s now 94% of all power production. He hasn’t thought this through. This doesn’t make him a lunatic so much as unable to do critical thinking which does however make him dangerous..,,,

      • TheDude says:

        I’m sure he’s thought it through when you consider that green energy production is outpacing everything else. Wind and solar are on the rise. It’s called transition for a reason, it’s not as if we’d suddenly stop producing energy.

    • Chanie Liu says:

      And you’re a sheep, obviously.

    • Morton Watts says:

      Says the moron without a job, obviously.

  9. mcgwynne says:

    Yet another career suicide on the alter of an unproven science.
    Attention all celebrities: We do not need you to save us.
    Only to entertain us!

    • TheDude says:

      Career suicide? James Cromwell has enjoyed a wonderful career already. He’s doing whatever he wants now. And the science has been proven. If celebrities were only meant to entertain us, Trump wouldn’t be in office, they have as much of a right to free speech as we do.

    • Newbpwnr says:

      Unproven science? You do realize that it’s the same scientific method that was used to create the internet you just used to bash science? Or that little supercomputer in your pocket? Or the reason we live past 35?

      • mcgwynne says:

        I was referring to the unproven pseudoscience cited by the global warming clowns who represent anti-science more than anything.
        It is the fervor of zealotry that becomes passionate religion resulting in the same symptoms we’ve seen for centuries.
        Read, “Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.”
        We’ve seen and read all this before.

        Why are we doing it again?

        That’s an excellent question.

        Just ask the politicians who need us divided.

      • Joe says:

        These same global warming clowns were telling us in 1975 that we were headed for an ice age. Check out National Geographic about that same timeframe. Now “experts” are telling us it’s global warming. These are all clowns who use statistics to lie and gin up whatever flavor of these day will result in bringing in the most research grant money, fleeced from the same unwitting public they have duped. GW = massive transfer of wealth scheme.

      • JKO says:

        Well said, Newbpwnr!

    • Shake it off says:

      He has been protesting for a very long time. And has been arrested repeatedly for it. Before fame, during fame, and probably will when he is no longer working. He’s a hippie to his core. Check his wiki.

    • Morton Watts says:

      You owe him a thank you. Go pick up a piece of random trash today. It will make you feel better and you’ll be less vindictive and angry at those being part of the solution.

      • Joe says:

        Natural gas is the cleanest of the fossil fuels. If he is against this his real goal is to knock us back to the Stone Age. Isn’t that the goal of Eco terrorists? Just asking.

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