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!

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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

By KBP7 | 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…

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…

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…

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…