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!

April 2020 Update and Second Anniversary Video

By Bill Ofenloch | April 6, 2020

Dear Friends, This April 4th marked the second anniversary of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 disarmament action. It’s also a time of grave danger for people around the planet with the emergence of the novel corona virus, especially among the poor, the imprisoned, the homeless, the sick, communities of Color, the elderly, and the marginalized.…

Clare Grady’s Closing Statement at Trial, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 23, 2020

Thank you to everyone here in this courtroom, you the jury, the people witnessing, the lawyers, the clerks, the district attorney, the judge, the marshalls, I trust that all of us are doing our best here. Thank you. I want to take a moment to remember my father John Peter Grady. Yesterday was the anniversary…

Patrick O’Neill’s Closing Statement, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 11, 2020

Well, we’re coming to the end of a long, and I hope not too boring week of testimony. Thank you for your attentiveness and patience. It’s been quite a trial up to this point, and soon it will be time for the 12 of you to deliberate the facts of this case that you have listened…

Mark Colville’s Closing Statement at Trial, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 10, 2020

I think the evidence has shown that you are being asked to sit in judgement over seven people who are clearly caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is our faith in Jesus Christ, His command to love our enemies and to lay down our own lives rather than take the life…

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

By Bill Ofenloch | 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…

Sentencing Recommendations Received, No Date Yet

By Bill Ofenloch | 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…

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