Legal update

Welcome to the Kings Bay Plowshares Legal Collective Page! Here we will provide updates on the legal process, legal documents that may be helpful to fellow travelers, and documents relating to the necessity defense and international law. Thanks for visiting!

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

By KBP7 | 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…

Mark Colville’s RFRA Oral Argument

By KBP7 | 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…

Carmen Trotta’s RFRA Oral Arguments

By KBP7 | 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…

Patrick O’Neill’s RFRA Oral Argument

By KBP7 | 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…

August 7, 2019 Press Release

By KBP7 | 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…

Martha Hennessy’s RFRA Oral Argument

By KBP7 | 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…

Clare Grady’s RFRA Oral Arguments

By KBP7 | 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…

Update: Plowshares defendants object to magistrate’s recommendation

By KBP7 | 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  

Legal Update 4/25/2019 The Kings Bay Plowshares continue to wait on a ruling from the US Magistrate on several motions to dismiss the charges.  

By KBP7 | April 25, 2019

AT THIS TIME, NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET The biggest issue before the court is how the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) applies to the seven defendants.  There is no question all 7 are lifelong faith activists who acted consistent with their faith on issues of principle. Under RFRA the government is supposed to…

11/19/2018 Legal Update

By KBP7 | November 19, 2018

LEGAL UPDATE November 19, 2018  Since the last update on 9.26.18, there have been two pre-trial hearings in federal court to allow the Kings Bay Plowshares to put on evidence about why their religious beliefs led them to take their actions and why this prosecution should be dismissed.  One hearing was on November 7, 2018…