The first case in the EGT/longshore union labor dispute to come to trial ended with the acquittal of a union member.
A District Court jury on Monday found Shelly Ann Porter, 39, of Longview not guilty of fourth-degree assault against Gerry Gibson, manager of EGT.
The jury ruled that the evidence proved that Porter's use of force against Gibson on July 22 was lawful.
Porter, a member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, admitted slapping Gibson's hand but said it was necessary to prevent him from snapping a cellphone photograph of her against her will.
The incident occurred the day that 100 union pickets blocked access to the grain terminal, protesting EGT's decision to not hire ILWU workers.
The union says EGT's lease with the Port of Longview requires the company to hire union longshoremen, while the company says the contract only requires it to meet with the longshore union.
More than 200 longshore workers and their supporters have been arrested or received summonses to appear on misdemeanor charges, including malicious mischief and disorderly conduct, for various incidents between July and September. Most cases are set for trial in District Court early next year.
There also have been 10 felony arrests.
Recent protests against the grain terminal have been peaceful.