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!

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

By Bill Ofenloch | 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…

After Powerful Testimony Kings Bay Plowshares Trial Nears End

By Bill Ofenloch | 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…

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

By Bill Ofenloch | 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…

Kings Bay Plowshares Defendents Speak on Eve of Trial

By David Quinn-Jacobs | October 22, 2019

Jury Seated, Opening Statements at Plowshares Trial

By David Quinn-Jacobs | 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…

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

By Bill Ofenloch | 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

Order on Motions, Oct. 11, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | October 16, 2019

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

Memorandum in Support of Notice of Intent to Raise Defenses

By Bill Ofenloch | 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…

Motion in Limine

By Bill Ofenloch | October 5, 2019

The United States of America, by and through Bobby L. Christine,  United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, moves the Court for an Order prohibiting the presentation at trial of evidence concerning Defendants’ justification for entering Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on or about April 5, 2018, unless and until each Defendant proffers…

Notice of intent to raise the defense of necessity

By Bill Ofenloch | 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.