Legal Updates

Notice of intent to raise the defense of necessity

October 5, 2019

Defendants will raise the defense of necessity in this matter. First, defendant sincerely believed that  he was faced with a choice of evils and he chose the lesser of the two evils.

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Judge Wood: Order Denying Motions to Dismiss 8/26/19

August 26, 2019

Judge Lisa Godbey Wood issued a 19 page ruling on August 26th denying all the pretrial motions from the Plowshares. The text follows as a PDF. Open PDF to view the Order Denying Motions to Dismiss 8/26/19

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Liz McAlister Denied Release On Her Own Recognizance – August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019

Elizabeth McAlister, through her attorney Bill Quigley, applied for release on her own recognizance on Monday August 12, 2019, the Monday after the court hearing.  The motion pointed out that Ms. McAlister, who will be 80 in November, has been jailed for 18 months and has been a model prisoner.  The motion said Ms. McAlister…

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Mark Colville’s RFRA Oral Argument

August 8, 2019

Statement by Mark Colville to The Federal Court, Southern District of Georgia Brunswick, Georgia, August 7, 2019 Good morning Judge Wood. My name is Mark Colville, and I’m pleased to meet you. I won’t bore you with the boring details of my boring life—much of that is already part of the court record, which incidentally…

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Carmen Trotta’s RFRA Oral Arguments

August 8, 2019

Judge Wood, good morning. It is good, and a bit intimidating, to finally get to meet you. We’ve heard from various people that you are, ‘the smartest person I’ve ever met,’ or ‘She has a photographic memory,’ and ‘She runs a tight ship.’ Otherwise, one very becoming item we heard about you is that you…

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Patrick O’Neill’s RFRA Oral Argument

August 7, 2019

Good Morning Judge Wood – It is good to finally meet you; I had expected our first encounter would have been a year ago. Many of my dear friends are in court today as well as my wife, Mary, my son, Michael, my daughters, Bernadette, Annie and Mary Evelyn and my almost 1-year-old granddaughter, Theresa…

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August 7, 2019 Press Release

August 7, 2019

Federal Judge Hears Kings Bay Plowshares’ Motion to Dismiss Charges Under RFRA BRUNSWICK, GA – The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 in federal court today made oral arguments concerning the denial of the pre-trial motions to dismiss the charges against them. Appearing for the first time before Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, who will be the trial…

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Martha Hennessy’s RFRA Oral Argument

August 7, 2019

Our Catholic faith and formation of conscience calls us to what some may describe as prophetic action that requires service to others. Faith is seen in action, not merely through words alone. Each time people of faith give up their personal security for the love of good, mercy, and justice, evil becomes overcome by God’s…

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Clare Grady’s RFRA Oral Arguments

August 7, 2019

Hello Judge Wood, good to finally meet you. I have heard much about you, your intellect and your love of the law. I am grateful for all public servants who offer their labor in the pursuit of Justice. Justice, for me, to quote Dr. Cornell West, is “what love looks like in public”. A growing…

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Update: Plowshares defendants object to magistrate’s recommendation

May 28, 2019

Update: Plowshares defendants object to magistrate’s recommendation To read the update, access the PDF below. CLICK HERE: The Defendants response filed in federal court in Brunswick, GA on May 28, 2019  

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Sign the Global Petition

(The petition has been delivered to the Department of Justice before the trial in October 2019 where the seven were convicted of all four counts. They are now being sentenced. You can still sign to show support, and you'll be added to the mailing list.)

This is a 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.

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.)