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!

5/28/2019 Update: Plowshares defendants object to magistrate’s recommendation

By KBPS7 | May 28, 2019

5/28/2019 Update: Plowshares defendants object to magistrate’s recommendation The Defendants response filed in federal court in Brunswick, GA on May 28, 2019

4/28/2019 UPDATE: Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Respond to U.S. Magistrate Cheesbro’s recommendation that our Motions to Dismiss be denied.

By KBPS7 | April 28, 2019

ORDER AND MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 defendants received word Friday evening that Magistrate Cheesbro of the Southern District Court of Georgia, recommended that their motions to dismiss the charges including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act argument be denied.  The seven defendants, all Catholics, had testified with expert witnesses during their November 2018 evidentiary hearings…

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 KBPS7 | 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 KBPS7 | 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…

9/26/2018 Legal Update

By KBPS7 | September 26, 2018

Attorneys for the seven Kings Bay Plowshares defendants today filed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act Memo in federal court in Brunswick, GA, as their response to the court’s request for supplemental briefings that would justify the defendants’ use of  the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in their defense. The RFRA requires the government to prove…

Legal Update, July 2018

By KBPS7 | July 15, 2018

Today attorneys filed Motions to Dismiss all criminal charges against the Kings Bay Plowshares in federal court in Brunswick, GA.  The seven Catholic defendants are charged with three federal felonies and one misdemeanor for their actions in going onto the Naval Base at Kings Bay Georgia and symbolically disarming the massive amount of nuclear weapons…

7/2/2018 Legal Update

By KBPS7 | July 2, 2018

Today attorneys filed Motions to Dismiss all criminal charges against the Kings Bay Plowshares in federal court in Brunswick, GA.  The seven Catholic defendants are charged with three federal felonies and one misdemeanor for their actions in going onto the Naval Base at Kings Bay Georgia and symbolically disarming the massive amount of nuclear weapons…

5/25/2018 Legal Update

By KBPS7 | May 25, 2018

Thank you for supporting the Kings Bay Plowshares. As many of you know, the trial and jail witness are a powerful and important part of the work for nuclear disarmament. Here is where the Kings Bay Plowshare are now in that process. In early May, the Kings Bay Plowshares were indicted in the Southern District…

Legal Update, May 2018

By KBPS7 | May 25, 2018

Thank you for supporting the Kings Bay Plowshares. As many of you know, the trial and jail witness are a powerful and important part of the work for nuclear disarmament. Here is where the Kings Bay Plowshare are now in that process. In early May, the Kings Bay Plowshares were indicted in the Southern District…

5/4/18 Indictment Filed by Federal Government

By KBPS7 | May 4, 2018

In an indictment filed this week in the Southern District of Georgia, Brunswick division, the seven were charged with four counts: Conspiracy, Destruction of Property on a Naval Station, Depredation of Government Property, and Trespass. They will appear before a magistrate in Brunswick on May 10th.  Although currently being held at the Camden County jail…