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Report on Day 2 of KBP7 Trial by Ralph Hutchison

November 3, 2019

“Welcome back,” said federal judge Lisa Godsbey Wood to the jury and the packed courtroom as we sat down. And in the same breath she said, “Mr. Knoche, please call your first witness.”   The prosecutor’s job, technically, was not that challenging. The defendants had already told the jury they had committed the acts of…

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Religious Beliefs Are Struck Down as Defense for Nuclear Protest by Sam Husseini, The Nation, Oct. 31, 2019

November 1, 2019

On October 21, the trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 began in Brunswick, Georgia. A year a half before, on April 4, 2018, this group of seven Catholic peace activists had entered the Kings Bay military facility—which stores much of the US government’s Trident nuclear arsenal—in St. Marys, Georgia. They spray-painted messages on walls…

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The Plowshares 7 Found Guilty: Nuclear Weapons Are the Real Crime by Kathy Kelly, Antiwar.com, Oct. 26, 2019

October 29, 2019

On October 24, following a three-day trial in Brunswick, GA, seven Catholic Workers who acted to disarm a nuclear submarine base were convicted on three felony counts and one misdemeanor. The defendants face 20 years in prison, yet they emerged from their trial seeming quite ready for next steps in their ongoing witness. Steve Kelly,…

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Convicted Anti-Nuclear Activists Speak Out: “Pentagon Has Brainwashed People” by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, Oct. 28, 2019

October 29, 2019

The seven Catholic peace activists who were convicted on October 24 for their symbolic protest against nuclear weapons at the Kings Bay Naval Base are now facing a two-to-three-month wait to hear their prison sentences. They could face more than 20 years in prison. “Our own lives are uncertain regarding the possible length of prison…

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Peace Activists Face Up to 25 Years in Prison for Breaking Into Nuclear Submarine Base by K. Thor Jensen, NEWSWEEK, Oct. 25, 2019

October 28, 2019

Seven Catholic anti-war protesters who raided the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia last year have been convicted of conspiracy, depredation of government property, destruction of government property and trespassing. They each face up to 25 years behind bars. Read

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Seven peace activists who entered the US Trident submarine base found guilty, by Linda Pentz Gunter, Morning Star, Oct. 26, 2019

October 28, 2019

SEVEN peace activists who entered a US Trident submarine base in Georgia 18 months ago to protest against nuclear weapons were convicted on Thursday. The jury in the federal criminal trial took just under two-and-a-half hours to find the all of the defendants guilty on every count. Read

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Jury convicts 7 Catholic pacifists of breaking into nuclear submarine base, by Jonat Shimron, RNS, October 26, 2019

October 26, 2019

(RNS) — A federal jury on Thursday (Oct. 24) convicted seven Catholic peace activists of three felonies and a misdemeanor for breaking into a nuclear submarine base in Georgia last year. The seven now face up to 25 years in prison each for trespassing on the U.S. navy base, which houses six Trident submarines capable…

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Anti-Nuke Protesters Convicted in Break-In at Navy Sub Base, U.S News and World Report, Oct. 25, 2019

October 26, 2019

Anti-Nuke Protesters Convicted in Break-In at Navy Sub Base BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Seven Roman Catholic activists have been convicted of federal crimes for breaking into a Navy submarine base in Georgia to protest nuclear weapons. The defendants face potential sentences of more than 20 years in prison after being found guilty Thursday of trespassing,…

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Kings Bay Plowshares activists found guilty of all charges, NCR, by Jesse Remedios, Oct. 25, 2019s

October 26, 2019

Brunswick, Georgia — A jury unanimously found seven Catholic activists guilty Oct. 24 of conspiracy, destruction of government property, depredation and trespassing for a 2018 anti-nuclear weapons protest at Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia. The verdict, which came after a little more than two hours of deliberation, was the culmination of a four-day trial…

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Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Guilty on All Counts

October 26, 2019

October 24, 2019 This is a breaking news update for our supporters. A fuller update will be forthcoming. BRUNSWICK, GA – More than 18 months after they snuck onto the site of one of the largest known collections of nuclear weaponry in the world, a jury found the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 guilty of all…

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