Legal Updates

Carmen Trotta’s Closing Statement at Trial, Oct. 24, 2019

March 10, 2020

Carmen Trotta’s Final Closing Court Statement I want to talk to you about a couple of words. Many of us have testified that we believe that Jesus is the word. Words can be very potent; they can pierce your hearts. Two words in particular come to mind. The first is malicious. The word is often…

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Sentencing Recommendations Received, No Date Yet

February 17, 2020

According to federal procedure a pre-sentencing report has to be prepared by the probation office for each defendant who has been convicted. Following complex guidelines based on a person’s arrest history, age, likelihood of re-offending and the nature of the offense among other factors, a range of prison time is proposed.  A judge usually sentences…

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Motion to set aside conviction on one count, Nov. 7, 2019

November 18, 2019

Defendant urges this Court to set aside the conviction of either count two or three because in combination these convictions constitute multiple convictions for the same conduct and thus violate the constitutional protections against double jeopardy. On October 24, 2019, defendant was found guilty of four counts. This motion challenges the conviction of defendant on…

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After Powerful Testimony Kings Bay Plowshares Trial Nears End

October 24, 2019

After Powerful Testimony Kings Bay Plowshares Trial Nears End October 24, 2019 BRUNSWICK, GA—Both the government and the defense finished their testimony yesterday at 5 p.m. in the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 anti-nuclear weapons case. Defendants were able to say much more than had been expected after the wide “in limine” restrictions established late last…

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Hours of Video Clips During the Second Day of Plowshares Trial, Oct. 22

October 24, 2019

October 22, 2019 BRUNSWICK, GA – Today, the second day of the trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares anti-nuclear activists, the government presented the bulk of its case against the seven defendants. Military police officers testified about apprehending the activists and entered numerous photos, banners, the bolt cutters and even a ten-foot piece of the…

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Kings Bay Plowshares Defendents Speak on Eve of Trial

October 22, 2019
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Jury Seated, Opening Statements at Plowshares Trial

October 22, 2019

BRUNSWICK, GA – We’re underway. A jury some feel hopeful about and opening defense statements illustrating the humanity of the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists completed the first day of the Plowshares trial. At the end of the day reactions were mixed among supporters who traveled far to this southern Georgia resort town for the…

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Order Overruling Objections and Denying Motion to Reconsider, Oct. 18, 2019

October 20, 2019

Judge Wood’s final decision that expert witnesses will not be allowed for necessity or international law defenses but that the danger of nuclear weapons and defendant’s motivations would be allowed in opening and closing arguments and testimony and cross examination. Read Order Denying Motion

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Order on Motions, Oct. 11, 2019

October 16, 2019

Magistrate Cheesbro rules against defendants’ motions and grants government’s. Order on Motions Oct 11

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Memorandum in Support of Notice of Intent to Raise Defenses

October 5, 2019

Defendants are raising defenses of First Amendment, Necessity, International Law, and War Crimes. Over the years, some courts have refused to allow defenses similar to some of these being raised, i Importantly, none of the prior cases have addressed the issue of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in any way. Indeed, many were decided…

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Sign the Global Petition

(The petition has been delivered to the Department of Justice, but you can still sign to show support, and you'll be added to the mailing list.)

This is an urgent request that you join distinguished citizens of the world including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, other Nobel laureates and many others by signing our global petition to dismiss all charges against the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (KBP7).

They face years in prison for exposing illegal and immoral nuclear weapons that threaten all life on Earth. The seven nonviolently and symbolically disarmed the Trident nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, GA on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (View KBP7 reading their statement here.)